Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville Campus May Be Hit by Hurricane Matthew
Jacksonville, FL (KROC AM News) - Mayo Clinic’s Jacksonville campus has made plans to deal with the approaching Hurricane Matthew.
The major hurricane could cause catastrophic damage to many cities along and near Florida’s Atlantic coast.
Some of Mayo’s sites have already closed and may not reopen until Monday. All clinic and non-inpatient operations were expected to end at 5 p.m. Thursday. Mayo is tentatively planning to extend clinic hours Monday to accommodate patients who need to reschedule because of the storm.
As of Thursday morning, Mayo Jacksonville reported the storm will make a close approach to its campus late Friday and into Saturday.
The National Weather Service in Jacksonville says Matthew is “expected to move DANGEROUSLY CLOSE” to Florida’s northeast coast and southeast George Friday through Friday night into Saturday “with confidence quite high of destructive, to possibly catastrophic, impacts along and near the coast.”
According to the Weather Service. “a major hurricane has not impacted this area in 118 years, since October 2nd 1898. There is NO local living memory of the potential of this event. If a direct landfall occurs this will be unlike any hurricane in the modern era.”