Jupiter prepares for Irma

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Looking for bolts and screws for their shutters, residents packed the aisle at Home Depot on Indiantown Road Tuesday morning in preparation for Irma. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

The aisle for screws and bolts was a busy place Tuesday morning at the Home Depot on Indiantown Road in Jupiter.

Follow Kim Miller’s latest on Hurricane Irma.

Locals seeking fasteners for their shutters and other items to prepare for Irma were searching for items in preparation for the storm, now packing winds of 180 MPH.

Jupiter residents should be aware that the railroad crossing on Indiantown Road for the Florida East Coast Road is planned to be closed starting Saturday at 7 a.m. for repairs.

The crossing is expected to reopen Tuesday at 6 a.m.

Click here for detour map.

The work on the FEC tracks could be postponed depending on the weather that results from Hurricane Irma, Florida Department of Transportation Spokesman Chuck McGuinness said Tuesday morning.

“The work is still scheduled at this point. If the weather turns dangerous, the work would be postponed,” said McGuinness.

 

Related: Everything you need to know to prepare for Irma is at The Palm Beach Post’s hurricane site. 

At the Walmart also on Indiantown Road in Jupiter, customers with shopping carts packed with cereal, canned goods, fruit, batteries, paper towels and other items waited in lines six and seven deep Tuesday morning.

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(Lines were six-carts deep Tuesday morning in Walmart on Indiantown Road in Jupiter. The store is open 24 hours. (Photo Bill DiPaolo)

The Walmart, located on the south side of Indiantown Road east of Chasewood Plaza, is open 24 hours.

At the Publix in Jupiter in Chasewood Plaza, things were calmer. The aisles were open and the lines at the cashier were short.

A clerk was laying out a table of flashlights for sale.

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Lines not as long at Publix in Chasewood Plaza in Jupiter Tuesday morning. Flashlights were for sale. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

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Steady rain in Jupiter, expect more this weekend

Expect more rain this afternoon in Jupiter and throughout Palm Beach County (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

Steady rains here over the Jupiter Inlet on Friday afternoon, more rain in Palm Beach County expected for the weekend.

Read Kim Miller’s latest weather update

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National Weather Service on Hurricane Harvey

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Making a pin-hole projector for eclipse – Learn how in Lake Park

Want to learn how to safely watch the eclipse through safety glasses? Or how to build a pin-hole projector?

That’s the subject of a Saturday, Aug. 19  gathering at 1 p.m. at the Lake Park Library, 529 Park Avenue, said Lake Park Librarian Judie Cooper.

READ: 1918 solar eclipse — what was Palm Beach County like then?

On Monday starting at 1 p.m. an eclipse gathering is planned at the Lake Park library. Light refreshments will be served. Viewers can either watch the eclipse outside or from inside the library. A monitor will be streaming the NASA station showing the eclipse.

Cooper, who has friends in Columbia Missouri which is in the area of totality, plans to call her friends during the eclipse. Listeners will get a play-by-play description.

“I’m hoping they can tell us give us how dark it is, how the animals react and other reactions,” said Cooper.

Both Lake Park events are free and open to the public.

Watch today’s SpaceX launch from this great spot in Jupiter

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Monday’s mission will use a Falcon 9 rocket to launch the Dragon vehicle to the space station loaded with more than 6,000-pounds of supplies and experiments.

A great place to watch today’s SpaceX launch scheduled for 12:31 p.m. today is the Juno Beach Fishing Pier.

Look northwest.

See Kim Miller’s complete story in The Palm Beach Post.

NASA gives a 70 percent chance of favorable conditions at liftoff.

NASA TV live coverage of launch operations begins at noon, EDT.

SpaceX is set to embark on its 12th mission to resupply the International Space Station today from Kennedy Space Center.

The launch is scheduled for 12:31 p.m. from the center’s historic pad 39A, which was the site of the Apollo 11 Saturn V rocket launch that took humans to the moon in 1969.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

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Jupiter residents: Are you in a flood zone?

New flood zone map in Jupiter would impact property owners

A plan to approve updated federal flood maps for Jupiter is on the agenda for Tuesday’s 7 p.m.  town council meeting at the Community Center.

If the council adopts the plan, property owners with land in the Special Flood Hazard Area will be able to purchase NFIP flood policies and existing policies will be renewed.

There now are about 4,000 properties included within the Special Flood Hazard Area within the town of Jupiter.
The updated maps show that number reduced to about 2,000 properties.

Countywide, more than 50,000 Palm Beach County properties are being reclassified as being in or touching flood zones in October.

Property owners in the Special Flood Hazard Area are eligible for federal disaster assistance for flood damage to repair insurable buildings.

Federal mortgage insurance or loan guarantees, such as those provided by the Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs, is available.

FPL: New Jupiter building will speed up response time after storms

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Artist rendition on new building (FPL)

As South Florida approaches the height of the 2017 hurricane season, Florida Power & Light’s new service center on Indiantown Road is almost done

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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FPL building is under construction (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

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Juno Beach Pier is a great place to watch tonight’s rocket launch

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Looking for a local spot to view tonight’s rocket launch of the Falcon 9 at Kennedy Space Center?

North County residents can head to the Juno Beach Fishing Pier.

The launch window for tonight is scheduled to begin at 7:37 p.m. Eastern time.

The rocket will be carrying an Intelsat satellite, intended to enhance communications in Caribbean, trans-Europe and African markets.

Skies are supposed to be mostly clear and free of rain at Kennedy Space Center, according to the National Weather Service forecast.

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Juno Beach Fishing Pier is about 990 feet long. (Photo/Bill DiPaolo)

 

Big spending could be coming for new Jupiter town center

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Four proposals that range from $10 million to $36 million are being considered for Jupiter’s town hall and adjacent police department.

“Hurricane Matthew was an awakening. The storm showed us how vulnerable are,” said David Brown, the town’s director of utilities.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

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Missing teens: Court civil suit may be next step

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On Friday, a Florida report said “the egregious lapse in judgment and failure to exercise due care” caused the 2015 disappearance of Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, tw0 14-year-olds who left the Jupiter Inlet and never returned.

Today, the lawyer for Perry Cohen’s mother told the Palm Beach Post the family may file a lawsuit fighting a court action she says limits her ability to sue the other teen’s family.

See the full story in The Palm Beach Post.

Nick Korniloff, (L), shakes hands with Blu Stephanos, (R), just before the start of an emergency hearing regarding the IPhone found on the missing teen’s boat before Judge Gregory Keyser Friday April 29, 2016 in Palm Beach. (Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)