Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

As a part of Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, state emergency management officials are encouraging every pet owner in Florida to include their animals in their family disaster preparedness plan before the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. By planning for the needs of your pets, it will greatly increase the chances of their survival during disasters.

Southside Fire Smolders, Blankets Neighbors With Smoke

Southside Fire Smolders, Blankets Neighbors With Smoke

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Smoke continues to be an issue in a neighborhood just east of Southside Boulevard.

But fire officials insist the homes off Peach Drive and Forest Boulevard are safe.

"It's tough to breath at times," one neighbor told us. "But it comes and it goes as the winds shift."

The fire fight has become tough as well. The brush fire is in a dried out swamp, an area that the Division of Forestry says wouldn't typically burn because it's so wet.

However, lack of rainfall and the extreme drought we're in has left a lot of dried out fuel.

"It's frustrating to know what you have to do, but you can't quite get it done," said Ken Harwood with the Forestry Division.

Although the surface is dry, conditions are still soft and muddy underneath the fire, which makes getting bulldozers in to cut a line nearly impossible.

They pulled the tractors out after one was stuck in the mud.

Storm Damage Clean Up in Arlington

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A  quiet Arlington community woke up to the sound of thunder and snapping trees Tuesday. A gust of wind cut a path of destruction on Fallon Oaks, in the Ashley Oaks subdivision.

Sam Fricano's home was damaged. He said he was in bed when he heard the weather alert, and within minutes it was followed by a crashing sound

"We heard a lot of noise and the crash," he said.

The crash was from an oak tree that fell and sliced his roof open, breaking through the beams and his ceiling. Fricano said the water came gushing in near his baby grand piano. 

"We have lived here 23 years and never had a problem," said Fricano. "Fortunately this is the first problem we've had but it is a big one; it is kind of a funny way to wake up."

Tree Falls in Morning Storm, Traps Man for Hours

Tree Falls in Morning Storm, Traps Man for Hours

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A linesman working to restore power in the Arlington area today made quite an unexpected find.

According to the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, the linesman heard a cry for help just off State Road 9A north of Atlantic Boulevard in a wooded area.

This morning's severe weather brought a tree down on a homeless man in the woods.

He was trapped for hours until the linesman heard him yelling.

JFRD responded to free the man, whose identity has not been released.

He is apparently okay, according to JFRD.

Your Pics, Video and Tips from Today's Storm

Your Pics, Video and Tips from Today's Storm
Storm on the Westside 6:50 AM courtesy of Adam Pyryt

Here's what you told us:

7:28am Crash on 210 WB near 2209

7:30am Strong winds, power flickering, things blowing all over street and loud noises.

7:33am 1 Lane EB of Baymeadows just before Southside is closed due to a tree in the roadway, CCR 268944

7:57am CR 210 West of I-95, Flooded flower beds, trash thrown all around (garbage day), lightning, black

8:05am  There is an accident with entrapment at 207 and Wildwood Drive. A tree is blocking the road at SR 13 and 214

Warm for a bit

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We will warm to near 70 with gusty west winds, until a cold front arrives late on our Tuesday. Then back to the ice box with the threat of morning freezes and wind chill Wednesday and Thursday.