Jacksonville feeling Hurricane Ian’s impacts

From the Gulf Coast to the First Coast, large swaths of Florida are feeling the impact of Hurricane Ian, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Wednesday afternoon.
3:02 | 09/29/22

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 77 MILES PER HOUR WITH GUSTS AT 104 MILES PER HOUR. SO, WE ARE STILL TALKING ABOUT A VERY STRONG STORM SYSTEM. LET'S GO TO WHAT IS CALLED THE FIRST COAST NOW. THIS INCLUDES JACKSONVILLE AND ST. AUGUSTINE. THAT IS THUNDER HURRICANE WATCH. LET'S GO TO TREVOR AULT, OUR ABC NEWS CORRESPONDENT. HE IS IN JACKSONVILLE. TREVOR, WHAT ARE YOU SEEING RIGHT NOW BECAUSE NO DOUBT THOSE OUTER BANKS ARE GETTING VERY CLOSE TO YOU, IF NOT ALREADY THERE? >> YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. WHAT WE ARE SEEING IS THE FINAL PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY. IT HAS BEEN TOUGH NOT TO FEEL GUILTY, WATCHING THE WESTERN SIDE OF FLORIDA GET BATTERED. THIS IS A GIANT STORM. THAT MEANS IT IS MOVING AT A GIANT PACE, SLOWLY ACROSS THE STATE. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THIS THING IS SO BIG AND THE PATH IS SO POWERFUL THAT IT IS EXPECTED TO MARCH ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE STATE OF FLORIDA, DIP BACK INTO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, AND THEN SLAMMED BACK INTO THE COAST. THE FIRST COAST -- JACKSONVILLE IS BRACING FOR FLOODING THAT THEY HAVE NOT SEEN IN SEVERAL YEARS. LAST TIME, A HURRICANE -- WAS FIVE YEARS AGO BACK WITH HURRICANE IRMA. USUALLY WITH STORMS, WITH HURRICANES, THEY WILL EITHER GET FLOODING FROM THE STORM SURGE ON THE COASTLINE OR THEY WILL GET SOME FLOODING INLAND. THIS IS POWERFUL ENOUGH THAT THEY'RE EXPECTING SOME LEVEL OF FLOODING INLAND AND ON THE COAST. JUST LIKE WE SAW ON THE WESTERN PART OF THE STATE, WE HAVE SOME COUNTIES THAT ARE INSTITUTING MANDATORY EVACUATIONS. WE HAVE PLACES DOWNTOWN THAT ARE BRACING HERE TO GET SOME FLOODING TO. WE ARE WAITING FOR IAN TWO METHODICALLY MAKE ITS WAY ACROSS THE STATE. BUT WE KNOW IT IS COMING. WE SEE ALL THE VIDEO AND EXTENSIVE DAMAGE. WE ARE CERTAINLY EXPECTING TO SEE SOME PLACES TO GET 20 INCHES OF RAIN. ON THE FAR SIDE OF FLORIDA HERE -- >> YEAH, AND WE ARE ALREADY GETTING THOSE GUST HERE. VERY STRONG GUSTS, AS YOU ARE SPEAKING THERE. TELL ME, IT IS THE FIRST COAST PREPARED? YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THE FLOODING. AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE ALREADY SEEING ON THE WEST COAST. BUT THE EAST COAST. IS THAT -- ARE THEY PREPARED OVER THERE? ARE YOU SEEING THAT THEY ARE PREPARED? >> IT SEEMS NOT A LOT OF PLACES ARE TAKING THOSE STEPS, AS YOU KNOW, WITH THESE HURRICANES. PEOPLE TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY. AND YOU HAVE SOME PEOPLE THAT SAY, I'M FROM FLORIDA. WE GET A LOT OF HURRICANES. I WILL WRITE IT OUT. ALTHOUGH LOCAL OFFICIALS HERE ARE ADAMANT THAT THEY'VE TAKEN ALL THE STEPS THAT THEY CAN. THEY HAVE SHELTERS, THEY'RE URGING PEOPLE TO GET TO SAFETY. GET TO PLACES A HIGHER ELEVATION TO. THEY CLOSED DOWN SCHOOLS. THE CLOSE FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK IN ANTICIPATION OF WHAT IS TO COME. BUT ULTIMATELY, IT IS UP TO INDIVIDUALS AND WHETHER OR NOT THEY CAN GET OUT. SO, WE HAVE SEEN LOTS OF THOSE STEPS IN TERMS OF PREPARATION, BUT IT IS ONE THING TO GET OUT AND IT'S ANOTHER TO SET UP SANDBAGS OR TRY TO DIVERT THE WATER IF YOU CAN. BUT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE DOING EVERYTHING RIGHT, THAT HAVE LEFT WHERE THEY ARE LIVING, LEFT THEIR HOMES, THEY ARE LIKELY COMING HOME TO SOME SEVERE DAMAGE, WHETHER OR NOT THEIR HOME IS STILL THERE, WHETHER OR NOT IT'S COMPLETELY FLOODED, WHETHER THEIR ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD IS SWAMPED HERE, YOU

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