City Leaders Provide Briefing on Tropical Storm Eta

November 12, 2020  
Updated Nov. 12, 2020 at 2:29 p.m.
Mayor Lenny Curry joined Sheriff Mike Williams, Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene, Rescue Division Chief David Castleman, and Emergency Preparedness Director Steve Woodard to provide an update on Tropical Storm Eta and the City's preparations. 
View of a video camera's viewfinder recording the Nov. 11, 2020 briefing on Tropical Storm Eta by Mayor Lenny Curry.


  • The latest National Weather Service report shows Tropical Storm Eta moving northeast across our region throughout the day. 
  • Tropical Storm Warnings have been cancelled for Duval County (as of Nov. 12 at 2:08 p.m.)
  • This storm will bring a slight risk of excessive rainfall and moderate to high winds throughout the Jacksonville area for most of the day.
  • Due to higher than normal tides, we may see some flooding. Public Works teams have been proactively working in areas known to present challenges.
  • There will also be high risk along our beaches with rough surf and life-threatening rip currents. Ocean conditions are still very dangerous right now. Citizens are encouraged to stay out of the water. 
  • A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for most of the coastal waters.
  • The Emergency Operations Center and partner agencies are continuing to closely track Tropical Storm Eta.
  • The mayor has instructed key City agencies and departments to be prepared in case the situation changes. At this time, no closures are planned City offices and departments, nor are there mandates for any private businesses.
  • Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) have switched to online instruction through Duval HomeRoom. Visit the DCPS website for more information on school operations.
  • Citizens are urged to use extra caution if they need to leave their homes today.
  • JFRD, JSO, JEA, and the Public Works Department have crews standing by in the event of any power outages or other conditions created by the wind and rain.
  • The City does not anticipate ordering any evacuations or the opening of shelters.