Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Storm Blows through City Weekend Plans Get Doused; Some Lose Power

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Storm Blows through City Weekend Plans Get Doused; Some Lose Power

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Time for some good weather news.

The niggling, weekend-wrecking Northeaster that gnawed beaches

and blacked out Jacksonville area neighborhoods may not amount

to much more than a cloudy sky by the end of today.

And even though yesterday was gray and dismal, the area took a

pass on floods that had been forecast for waterfront


"There was no flooding at all that's been reported. There was

quite a lot of erosion," said Phil Peterson, a National Weather

Service meteorologist.

Tides churning under persistent northeasterly winds scooped

away sand at Jacksonville's Beaches, St. Augustine and Amelia


Some of the most striking effects were found at Amelia Island's

southern tip, where waves brushed the sand away from a line of

anti-erosion devices. The water turned one dune into an

oceanfront cliff, where trees fell into the sea when sand

crumbled beneath them.

"It's very dramatic to look at," said Steve Comley, a sightseer

who had wandered south of Amelia Island Plantation to watch the


The beach had been outfitted years ago with big, buried

sand-filled tubes that jut into the ocean. They're designed to

anchor the shoreline, break waves and deter erosion.

But yesterday, the beach simply washed away around four lines

of tubes posted along a quarter-mile of beach. The change

created sharp dropoffs, where the height of the beach changed as

much as five feet in a few inches.

The damage was far removed from the island's resorts and

weekend houses, where beaches experienced relatively little


The northeaster's winds carried only a sprinkling of rain, less

than a tenth of an inch in most areas. But the breeze and

general dampness were enough to trigger power outages across the


About 10,000 Jacksonville Electric Authority customers lost

power at varying times yesterday, often because tree limbs

damaged power lines, said Clyde Montgomery, a JEA spokesman. …

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