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Tropical Storm Idalia Local Statement Intermediate Advisory Number 17A
National Weather Service Jacksonville FL  AL102023
805 PM EDT Wed Aug 30 2023

This product covers Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia



    - All watches and warnings have been canceled

    - None

    - About 160 miles north of Jacksonville FL or about 110 miles 
      north-northeast of Brunswick GA
    - 32.7N 80.9W
    - Storm Intensity 65 mph
    - Movement Northeast or 35 degrees at 21 mph


Tropical Storm Idalia continues to move away from the region towards
the Northeast. Lingering gusty winds to around 40 mph will be possible
this evening along Coastal Southeast Georgia and Coastal Northeast
Florida north of Jacksonville.

Minor coastal flooding will continue during times of high tide tonight
along the Atlantic Coastal areas and along the St. Johns River Basin
in portions of Duval County.


Little to no additional impacts are anticipated at this time 
across Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

Minor impacts from the surge event will linger across coastal 
Southeast Georgia and coastal Northeast Florida including the St. 
Johns River Basin with minor tidal flooding tonight during times of 
high tide.



Do not enter evacuated areas until officials have given the
all clear to return.


Remain safely sheltered until conditions improve. When going outside 
be sure to stay away from downed power lines, hazardous debris and 
flooded areas.

If your home or shelter was damaged, be alert to the smell of gas 
leaks and be cautious around electrical wiring, broken glass, jagged 
metal and wood, and protruding nails and screws.

Check to see if everyone in your group is OK. Administer first aid to 
those who are injured. If possible, call 9 1 1 for any serious 
injuries. Remember, it may be difficult for emergency responders to 
arrive quickly. 

Check in with your emergency points of contact. Let them know your 
location and status. Keep conversations short and to the point. Do 
not tie up communications systems.

Check on your neighbors. If necessary, help them connect with their 
points of contact.

Do not attempt to return to evacuated areas until local authorities 
have inspected roads and bridges and have given the all clear. 
Hazards like downed power lines and trees, washed out roads, 
continued flooding in low lying areas and non-functioning traffic 
lights make travel difficult. 

Allow extra time for emergency vehicles to reach you as they navigate 
road hazards.

Do not attempt to return to evacuated areas until local authorities 
give the all clear. Allow time for officials to inspect bridges and 
overpasses and to mark washed-out roads.

When entering areas that have been heavily damaged, bring along a 
GPS-enabled device to help with street navigation. Do not drive on 
roads that have been marked closed.

Do not go sightseeing within impacted communities. Sightseers 
interfere with the emergency work of first responders.

When inspecting damage, use flashlights rather than candles or flamed 
lanterns. Be aware of sparks that can ignite natural gas or other 
leaking flammables.

Do not go up on your roof until the weather conditions are safe. 
Ladders can be slippery in the rain and unexpected wind gusts can 
blow you off the roof.

When clearing out fallen trees, be careful with chainsaws and axes. 
Always wear protective gear and keep others at a safe distance. 
Leaning trees and those which have fallen on roofs or power lines can 
be especially dangerous. If you are not in good health or unsure 
about what you are doing, have someone with tree cutting experience 
do the job. Never cut trees without a partner.

If using a generator, avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by following 
instructions provided by the manufacturer. Operate your generator in 
a well-ventilated space outside of your living area and away from 
open doors and windows.

Problems with sewer backups can further contaminate standing flood 
waters. Keep children away from flood waters. Also, listen for boil 
water alerts as tap water may have become non-potable.

Be alert for any lingering wind gusts which could take down weakened 
trees and/or power lines, collapse damaged structures, or cause 
flying debris.

Be alert for potential flooding from rising rivers and streams which 
may have yet to crest. Remain informed of the latest river forecasts 
and heed any flood watches and warnings.

Be alert for flooded roads which could be compromised or littered 
with debris. Avoid travel until water levels subside and roads have 
been cleared. Do not drive through places where flood waters cover 
the road. Turn around, don't drown!

Have multiple ways to receive Tornado Warnings if issued. Consider 
nearby shelter options as you move about. Be ready to shelter quickly.

- For information on appropriate preparations see
- For information on creating an emergency plan see
- For additional disaster preparedness information see


As it pertains to this event...this will be the last local statement 
issued by the National Weather Service in Jacksonville FL regarding 
the effects of tropical cyclone hazards upon the area.