News around Jacksonville this morning

Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday afternoon as a powerful Category 4 storm near Cayo Costa, Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The Florida Disaster Fund is the state’s official private fund provides financial assistance to communities affected in times of emergency or disaster.

Several Jacksonville Beach businesses board up ahead of Hurricane Ian

IAN DOWNGRADED: Although Ian is now a tropical storm, the system is still expected to produce strong winds, heavy rains and storm surge across portions of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

TRAFFIC 🚗: Bad driving conditions right now, especially toward St Johns County. Wet roads, ponding, water across roadways and strong winds is a dangerous cocktail for drivers. 

Saying it's possibly worse than past deadly storms, St. Johns County officials said residents need to heed evacuation orders before Hurricane Ian arrives.

As of 2 a.m. Thursday, there are over 8,000 customers without power in St. Johns County, according to Florida Power & Light.

SIDNEY LANIER IN BRUNSWICK TO CLOSE AT 9:00AM. GDOT says it will close the Sidney Lanier at 9:00am Thursday due to anticipated winds. An inspection will have to be performed before it can reopen to traffic after Ian passes.

County-by-county | Closures, cancellations ahead of Hurricane Ian

Jacksonville mayor sent out a tweet Wednesday night announcing that Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville beaches' ocean fronts are closed.

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