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City of Jacksonville: 'Don't take risks' as Sandy passes by

10:26 PM, Oct 25, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The City of Jacksonville is urging residents and visitors in town for the Georgia vs. Florida game to be cautious as the area experiences some effects from Hurricane Sandy.

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While the First Coast is not expected to get a direct hit from Hurricane Sandy, wind gusts and rip currents are expected this weekend. As of Thursday, coastal North Florida and South Georgia were under a Tropical Storm Watch.

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"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, in a release. "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."

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Those who are tailgating before the game near EverBank Field or at The Jacksonville Landing are discouraged from using charcoal grills, lighter fluid or recreational tents in heavy winds.

Boaters on the St. Johns River are also urged to be cautious, as waters will be rough and winds will be 25-35 mph. If you are boating, wear a life jacket at all times. Those docking at The Landing should "note that conditions will be very dangerous."

Anyone visiting Jacksonville's Beaches is urged to avoid going in the water or going surfing in the water.

For the most up-to-date information from the city, download the JaxReady app or follow the #JaxReady hashtag on Twitter.

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