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Cold motivation: 'Think warm thoughts'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With Jacksonville temperature records set to crumble overnight, it's clear the warm run we've had while the rest of the country suffers is over.

But, of course, every thing is relative. 

While we'll have morning temperatures in the teens in places, with wind chills around zero possible, other parts of the country have it much worse.

We spoke to Ken Ewert, a college student from Milwaukee, Wisconsin over the phone today. 

He was just finishing up running some errands outside when we touched base.

"It's -42 here right now," he said. "Well, it says it's -13 but with the wind chill it's -42."

He's pretty tough by many accounts. He plays football in short sleeves in this weather and says it's not a problem for him.

"I've been out in it all day. It's just something you get used to."

North Jacksonville residents tired of flooding problem

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On rainy days Roger Potter hates to look out his backdoor.

"I hate days like today when it is raining," said Potter. "Especially when it rains heavy."

Potter doesn't hate the rain, but before it stops raining he and his two other neighbors must face a recurring problem in their backyards -- flooding. 

"The area behind us is all water," he said. 

Their homes are in the Lexington Park community and adjacent to designated wetlands. Between the two is a conservation easement.

Potter said when they purchased their homes everything was okay with the wetlands behind their properties. 

"The city passed everything," he said.

But with the rainy season the wetlands have become a swamp and the water is running into their yards making a portion of it unusable. 

Local woman witnesses deadly storms in Texas

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville woman is shaken, but not hurt after deadly storms in Texas overnight Thursday.

Aliera Peterson is the Director of Social Media for Jacksonville's Dalton Agency.

She was flying to Texas as the storms were slamming into the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

In fact, Peterson's flight was diverted and grounded in San Antonio for a few hours.

Eventually, she told First Coast News over the phone, she was able to take off for Dallas.

The issue, she said, was another wave of storms with lightning and thunder that made landing difficult.

Peterson said the captain was communicating the entire time and made a successful landing.

But she said the entire experience was "bone chilling."

Once at the airport, Peterson said she ran into another problem.

First Coast News gets prepared for storms, too

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Just like you prepare your house and family for a storm, we at First Coast News prepare our station and our hurricane prep is already underway.

Covering a hurricane is unlike anything else. And to be able to stay safe and on air throughout it, planning begins before a storm even nears our shores.

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While producers work out logistics of our coverage plan, the photographers are checking cameras and equipment, because the worst time to have a problem is in the middle of the storm.

"You gotta take everything you think you might need, things you think you might not," said photographer Bo Harris. "Double socks, double...everything."

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance needs.  Homeowners should meet with their insurance agent to review and adjust their polices as appropriate for adequate coverage. Families should keep in mind the 3 Ps during hurricane season:  plan, prepare and protect. 

Big picture:   

June 12, 2012 – The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance policies for adequate coverage for their home and property.  Homeowners are encouraged to consult with their agent and develop a complete understanding of the insurance coverage they have purchased.  In addition to reviewing insurance policies, there are three things families should keep in mind during hurricane season - plan, prepare and protect:

PLAN

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance needs.  Homeowners should meet with their insurance agent to review and adjust their polices as appropriate for adequate coverage. Families should keep in mind the 3 Ps during hurricane season:  plan, prepare and protect. 

Big picture:   

June 12, 2012 – The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance policies for adequate coverage for their home and property.  Homeowners are encouraged to consult with their agent and develop a complete understanding of the insurance coverage they have purchased.  In addition to reviewing insurance policies, there are three things families should keep in mind during hurricane season - plan, prepare and protect:

PLAN

After the Storm Safety Reminders

JACKSONVILLE, FL (May 29, 2012) - The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office would like to remind citizens to use caution during the wet weather conditions caused by Tropical Storm Beryl.