North Jacksonville residents tired of flooding problem

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On rainy days Roger Potter hates to look out his backdoor.

"I hate days like today when it is raining," said Potter. "Especially when it rains heavy."

Potter doesn't hate the rain, but before it stops raining he and his two other neighbors must face a recurring problem in their backyards -- flooding. 

"The area behind us is all water," he said. 

Their homes are in the Lexington Park community and adjacent to designated wetlands. Between the two is a conservation easement.

Potter said when they purchased their homes everything was okay with the wetlands behind their properties. 

"The city passed everything," he said.

But with the rainy season the wetlands have become a swamp and the water is running into their yards making a portion of it unusable. 

Taking a ride with hurricane hunters

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It's not your average pre-flight briefing.

But your average pilot wouldn't fly directly into the center of a hurricane.

"It's cool to fly into storms. I like roller coasters so it's a pretty great gig," said Todd Richards. He's an electronics technician aboard NOAA's P-3 hurricane hunter "Kermit The Frog."

"We've got two P-3s and a G-IV," Richards said. "The other P-3 is called Miss Piggy, the Gulfstream is Gonzo."

A look inside the flight deck and you're flooded with lights, knobs, meters and levers.  

But flight engineer Joe Klippel adds his own character to the flight deck. A pair of yellow fuzzy dice hangs just over his head.

"Just good luck, that's it. The other aircraft has pink dice," Klippel said laughing.

Luck doesn't hurt, but they depend on experience.

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance needs.  Homeowners should meet with their insurance agent to review and adjust their polices as appropriate for adequate coverage. Families should keep in mind the 3 Ps during hurricane season:  plan, prepare and protect. 

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June 12, 2012 – The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance policies for adequate coverage for their home and property.  Homeowners are encouraged to consult with their agent and develop a complete understanding of the insurance coverage they have purchased.  In addition to reviewing insurance policies, there are three things families should keep in mind during hurricane season - plan, prepare and protect:


Storm system brings potential for dangerous weather to Florida over the Holiday weekend


FLORIDA -- The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) reminds Florida’s residents and visitors to remain aware of current weather situations this holiday weekend, as a storm system may bring heavy rainfall across much of the Sunshine State. Potential flooding conditions will affect Southeast Florida through this evening. This threat could shift northward to portions of the Northern Peninsula later this weekend as the system nears this area of the state. This same system could bring strong onshore winds, which may lead to rough surf, large breaking waves and a high risk of rip currents along the Atlantic Coast through next week.