St. Johns County residents woke up Wednesday morning to an unwanted visitor as Hurricane Dorian brought high winds and rough surf to the area.
As of 8 a.m., the eye of the storm was about 100 miles east-southeast of St. Augustine and moving north-northwest at 8 mph. Dorian is a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.
The worst of the storm was not expected to hit the area until the afternoon, but officials continue to monitor flood-prone areas and bridges.
As of 9:30 a.m. all bridges in the area were open, but St. Johns County Sheriff's Office spokesman Chuck Mulligan said bridge access is limited.
"If you live on that side, and you need to get to your home for a good reason, you are permitted to cross. If you just want to go look at the surf or look at houses, they are not letting you cross," Mulligan said.
According to reports, there were up to 50 mph winds at the beaches and the surf 7-11 feet high. Storm surge and high waters remain a concern in the county as high tide is expected around 1 p.m.
Bridges will be shut down to all traffic if wind speeds reach 40 mph for a sustained period of time, officials said.
Storm surge is expected to be 4-7 feet for intracoastal and beach communities and 2-4 feet along rivers and creeks.