1. Strong onshore flow expected all week
  2. Periods or rain, high winds at all Atlantic beaches
  3. Coastal flooding and high surf the primary hazards

Beaches in northeast Florida took a beating this weekend.Tropical storm force wind gusts and waves 6 to 10 feet pounded the First Coast for more than 36 hours, and many areas near the Palm Coast have received between 3 and 5 inches since Friday.  

While the wind and rain may not be as intense in the coming days, all of Florida’s Atlantic beaches will continue to take a beating this week. It’s a similar headline to a story we posted last week about Florida’s First Coast. A persistent onshore wind will send waves crashing the sand, water surging into inlets, and showers occasionally pushing ashore for several days. In fact, it may not be until Saturday or Sunday of next weekend before the wind shifts.

This will be more of a nuisance to most coastal residents. However, anyone living or working in a flood prone area from high tides or storm surge might see more flooding than normal at times. This includes residents along the St. John’s River from downtown Jacksonville to Palatka, where the high water levels still haven’t receded completely from Hurricane Irma.

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Meteorologist Jeff Huffman

Meteorologist Jeff Huffman is no stranger to just about every type of weather. Growing up in Missouri, he developed a passion for understanding thunderstorms, tornadoes, and winter storms. Several personal experiences at a young age put him dangerously close to these incredible forces of nature. Upon graduating from the University of Missouri, he continued tracking the extreme weather for 8 years as the Morning Meteorologist for the ABC and FOX22 affiliates in Mid-Missouri. In 2011, he couldn't resist the challenge to head south and take on tracking tropical storms. He accepted a position with the University of Florida's Multimedia Properties as the Chief Meteorologist. He first developed a 24-hour weather, news, and sports channel whereby students can gain real-world experience on their journey to becoming broadcast meteorologists. In 2013, Jeff worked with stations all over the state to build the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network, a collaborative effort by all public media in the state to keep their audiences informed of hazardous tropical weather. In his free time, Jeff enjoys playing tennis, working out, exploring nature, and occasionally sleeping.