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Old 09-01-2019, 09:38 AM
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I was supposed to spend 2 weeks in Gainesville. On Wednesday morning 5 days ago, based on the at-the-time forecast track for Dorian, I decided (mistake) to cut WAY short my trip and head back north to Wilmington, NC. The 5pm update on that afternoon changed just enough to make me stop and worry that the storm might turn north and hit exactly where I was headed, instead of exactly where I had left from. So I decided to spend ONE night in Jacksonville figuring I would know which way to go and what to do on Thursday morning. As you know if you have been following the forecast track for the last 4 days, there has been no good answer to this question. Every day, at 5pm and 11am when the latest advisories come out, I hope to have a better idea and as a result, I have now spent an un-planned 5 days here in the stretch from Atlantic Beach to Ponte Vedra Beach. Having experienced first-hand the devastation on a mind-boggling magnitude of last year's Florence, I sure do not want to head back to Wilmington just in time for Dorian to get there. On the other hand, all the gas stations in the Gainesville area ran out of gas or at least regular gas a few days ago and they are still showing up on the tracker as the same - so can't really head back there either. Every morning from 6am to 730am and then again every evening from about 6pm to 730pm, I have gone to one of the area beaches. So far, I have hit the beaches at northern-most points of Atlantic, the town-center section of Atlantic, the Jacksonville Pier / Oceanfront Park sections of Jax Beach and a few times south at Mickler's Landing beach in Ponte Vedra. With the track shift to the EAST yesterday, I figured I would get up this morning and be able to leave but it has again moved back west. Have I been to all the beaches yet? Or have I missed one or several that I should see while being held hostage by Dorian? Oh, and if anyone has a crystal ball and can tell me where this thing is headed, that would be nice too.
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Old 09-01-2019, 02:09 PM
Location: Miami-Jax
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There's Hanna Park, and then way up north there's American Beach and Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach area. They are all worth checking out although to me it's more or less the same idea so I get bored with beaches after a day or two. Fernandina Beach historic downtown is definitely nice and worth seeing, but then again if you're trying to conserve gas maybe not a good idea. Same goes with St Augustine to the south.
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Old 09-01-2019, 05:19 PM
Location: Amelia Island
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We are under a mandatory evacuation begining at 8 AM Monday morning on Amelia Island. Things have gotten a bit crazy here and in Jacksonville after 5 PM today.

Lots of school closings and evacuations along the coast.

Sorry you had to visit our area under these circumstances!
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Old 09-02-2019, 07:36 AM
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Day 6.

Went back to Mickler's last evening. I love the waves. Calm waters are lame and boring to me so the one good thing about hurricanes is the waves. I get up this morning not knowing what is going on, head north to Jacksonville Beach at Oceanfront park, get there and find out nobody is allowed in the water AND all the beaches are being evacuated. The one bright spot of being trapped here now gone. And with the same mandatory evacuations all along my entire route north on 95 through GA, SC, NC - there is no hope. I am just stuck watching and waiting. I might head back to Gainesville. I think I am going to lose my mind if I spent another 24 hours here with no waves, swimming or beach.

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