ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida. – Downtown St. Augustine is preparing for high tide on Saturday morning, which is expected to peak around 10 a.m.
High tide occurred around 9:40 p.m. Friday. But it’s called a royal tide, which comes in pairs – a minor high tide and a major high tide. Friday night was the minor. The high royal tide, which will occur about 12 hours later, is expected to be a foot or more higher.
A nor’easter dumped rain across the region for most of Friday. News4Jax saw crews trimming some of the trees and clearing debris. Some area business owners told News4Jax they don’t expect the flooding to last too long and don’t anticipate any closures.
Bad weather didn’t stop some people from enjoying their Friday night outing.
“We thought it would be a quiet night here and it would be fun to watch the weather and, you know, it didn’t disappoint,” said Ponte Vedra Beach resident Brian Carmelengo.
St. Augustine visitor James Dolan said: “We felt sorry for the people who have to deal with extremely high tides and erosion, and I mean tomorrow will be a crazy day for a lot of people. people.”
We also spotted ships on the water, withstanding strong winds. A boat was stuck against the retaining wall. These winds caused isolated damage.
On Florida Avenue in St. Augustine, a massive section of a tree collapsed on two homes, one of which appears to have taken the brunt of the impact. According to first responders, no one was home at the time and there were no injuries.
The St. Augustine Fire Chief told us earlier today that they have been called in to help five boats since Thursday. No injuries were reported. Also earlier Friday, there was flooding near the Castillo de San Marcos, as well as Lake Maria Sanchez, just south of downtown.
If you live or have vehicles or property along the coastal areas of Vilano Beach and up and down St. Augustine, expect significant flooding on Saturday.
This is the third time in the last six years that we are likely to see water levels like this. The first two were during hurricanes Matthew and Irma.
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