JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 25, 2012 - The City of Jacksonville is urging residents and visitors participating in outdoor events this weekend as part of the Florida vs. Georgia College Football Classic to take precautions as Hurricane Sandy in the Atlantic Ocean causes fringe weather effects in the area.
Fans attending the game or nearby festivities are urged to closely track weather reports.
While the storm is expected to stay well offshore, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Northeast Florida and Coastal Southeast Georgia. The NWS expects gusty winds through Sunday morning (full forecast link from NWS).
"We need our residents and our visitors to do one thing: Be prepared," said Michael Jacobsen, director of Emergency Preparedness for the City of Jacksonville. "Don't take risks while tailgating, hitting the beaches or boating. We want everyone here for our great football weekend to have a safe weekend."
• Friday Afternoon: sustained 20-30 mph
• Friday Overnight: sustained 25-35 mph
• Saturday morning/afternoon: sustained 20-30 mph
• Saturday evening sustained: 15-25 mph
Rough waters are expected, including high waves and rip currents. Those conditions make it very dangerous to enter the water. Due to the season, there will be little to no lifeguard presence at the beaches. Entering the water and recreational surfing is discouraged.
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High winds pose a dangerous situation for recreational tents. Please do not use recreational tents or canopies in heavy winds. Do not use charcoal grills and lighter fluid during high wind events. Please ensure that all coals have been completely extinguished before leaving the area. Caution should be used when crossing area bridges during high, sustained winds.