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May 10, 2013

FOUL Weather: Weather outside gets wetter as basketball players inside Rec Center get sweatier

JACKSONVILLE — Numerous residents flocked to the newly re-christened Stacy Hunter Recreation Center to play basketball Thursday as the downpour of rain continued to increase outside.

Thursday's rains were the result of scattered thunderstorms that produced gusty winds and heavy rain, the National Weather Service reported.

As many as 25 residents made it to the center Thursday. On Tuesday and Wednesday as many as 15 showed, said Will Cole, the city's director of public works.

“This is all word of mouth,” Cole said indicating the crowd of players. “We haven't even started advertising yet.”

On display for the residents was the newer, brighter tan-ish colors of the gym, which replaced a dark green hue.

“It looks like a gym now,” Cole said.

Toward the end of the day Thursday, the residents continued a hard-played round of basketball as the frenzy of rain downpour outside also continued to increase.  

In terms of rain today, there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms while there is a 40 percent chance for tonight.

Today is expected to stay mostly cloudy with a high near 79 and a low about 63, the National Weather Service reported.

On Saturday expect a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m., records show. It is expected to be mostly cloudy, with a high near 78 and a low around 59.

Sunday should be mostly sunny with a  high near 79 and a low around 55, the weather service reported.

Back in the center Thursday, Cole estimated the amount of people there will only increase once the city moves a computer indoors.

As many as 100 people attended Monday's dedication of the center, made in honor of Stacy D. Hunter, a beloved coach and mentor who was slain in October.

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