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FRIDAY UPDATES: West Volusia makes final preparations as Irma looms

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Hurricanes Irma (l) and Jose (r) spin in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 7.

Hurricanes Irma (l) and Jose (r) spin in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 7.


Updates will be posted to this page throughout Friday as we recieve news, with the newest news on the top of the page. If you have storm-related information to share with The Beacon, please e-mail




5:25 p.m. updates from Volusia County:

Based on the latest storm track, we are ordering a mandatory evacuation beginning at 5 p.m. today. This evacuation is for residents on the beachside, in low-lying areas, and in RVs, mobile and manufactured homes. For residents who want to leave the area, we are asking you to go ahead and leave. However, the roads are very congested so you may not be able to go far. We do not want you to get stuck on the road during this storm so consider going to a public shelter. For those planning to go to a public shelter, go ahead and finish your preparations and plan to go to the shelters when they open Saturday morning. We want everyone to be at their destination by 8 p.m. Saturday.


Public shelters will begin opening Saturday morning in Volusia County. Please do not go to a public shelter before it is opened. A complete list is posted at

A countywide curfew begins at 4 p.m. Sunday. We are asking everyone to stay inside. Once the storm passes, public safety officials will advise when the curfew will end. The bridges will be locked down as conditions deteriorate. Officials anticipate this to be between 6 and 9 a.m. Sunday (the threshold is sustained 39 mph winds).  

1:45 p.m. update from Volusia County:

Sandbag and city update

In preparation for Hurricane Irma, sandbags are available at the
following locations:

Volusia County

Residents who live in unincorporated Volusia County may bring their own
bags and shovels and fill their own bags at the following locations,
while supplies last. ID is required. Ten sandbags are available per
vehicle per visit.

· Oak Hill Fire Station, 213 N. U.S. 1, Oak Hill
· Volusia County Road and Bridge, 200 N. State Road 415, Osteen
· Pierson Fire Station, 132 N. Fountain Drive, Pierson
· Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. State Road 44, DeLand
· Volusia County Correctional Facility, 1354 Indian Lake Road,
Daytona Beach.

The Tomoka Farms Road Landfill and the West Volusia Transfer Station
will be open today and Saturday, Sept. 9. Both facilities will close at
3 p.m. Sept. 9 and remain closed through Sept. 11. Weather permitting,
both facilities will reopen for normal business hours Tuesday, Sept.

The Tomoka Farms Road Landfill is open 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday
through Saturday. The West Volusia Transfer Station is open 7 a.m. to 5
p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Refuse,
recycling and yard trash collection services for unincorporated Volusia
County is suspended Monday, Sept. 11.

Weather permitting, collection will resume Tuesday, Sept. 12. The
make-up collection schedule is as follows:

Regular Collection Day
Monday, Sept. 11
Tuesday, Sept. 12
Wednesday, Sept. 13
Thursday, Sept. 14
Friday, Sept. 15

Make-up Collection Schedule
Tuesday, Sept. 12
Wednesday, Sept. 13
Thursday, Sept. 14
Friday, Sept. 15
Saturday, Sept. 16
Place normal refuse, recycling and yard trash curbside by 6 a.m. on
your make-up day.


The City of DeBary will have sand until 5 p.m. today, or while supplies
last, at City Hall, 16 Colomba Road. Residents must provide their own
bags and shovels, and fill their own bags. Valid identification is

The City of DeBary and City Hall will be closed through Monday, Sept.


The City of Deltona will have sand and bags available to residents
until 4:30 p.m. today at Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex, 1200 Saxon
Blvd.; and the Public Works Depot, 201 Howland Blvd. (next to Walmart).
Residents going to the Dewey O. Boster distribution site should enter
the park through the Saxon Boulevard entrance. Residents may take bags
and fill them on site or with their own dirt. A limited amount of
shovels will be available. There is a limit of 10 bags per resident.
Waste Pro will not provide collection on Monday, Sept. 11; collections
will be picked up Tuesday, Sept. 12. All collection routes will roll to
the next day. This is subject to change based on the environment. Items
on the curb not collected by Friday evening should be stored where they
will not become a hazard. Report any potentially hazardous items or
material by calling 386-878-8511.
The city's concert series scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9, is canceled.
The Sept. 11 City Commission Workshop is canceled.
The City of Deltona's Citizens Information Center, 386-878-8511, is
open until 6 p.m. today.


The City of DeLand will have sand and bags available to DeLand
residents until 3 p.m. in the parking lot south of Conrad Park, 555 S.
Woodland Blvd. Shovels will be available for use, and city workers will
be on site to assist residents. There is a limit of five bags per
vehicle. ID is required. For more information, contact Public Works at

Lake Helen

City Hall is closed today and Monday, Sept. 11. Garbage Collection
will follow a normal pick-up schedule today.
If Waste Pro cannot pick up garbage on Tuesday, Sept. 12, residential
yard waste and recyclables will be picked up Wednesday, Sept. 13.
Regular residential garbage service will resume Friday, Sept. 15.

Orange City

After the storm, contractors will remove debris in areas that can be
safely accessed. Residents who can safely do so should place unbagged,
storm-generated debris on the public right-of-way. The public
right-of-way is the area of residential property that extends from the
street to the sidewalk, ditch, utility pole or easement. Residents are
urged to ensure set-out debris is only vegetative and not mixed any
other types of debris or garbage. Only loose, unbagged, vegetative
debris will be collected.

Do not place debris near a water meter vault, fire hydrant, mail box or
any other above-ground utility. Only debris placed on the public
right-of-way will be eligible for collection until further notice.

Regular household garbage, yard waste and recycling will not be picked
up Monday, Sept. 11. If roadways are clear, garbage and yard waste will
be collected on Tuesday, Sept. 12, and recycling will be collected
Wednesday, Sept. 13. If WCA is unable to collect Sept. 12 and 13, it
will collect as soon as roadways are clear and safe.

Daytona Beach International Airport

The passenger terminal will close 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. The last
flight of the day will be Delta’s 3:15 p.m. departure. Flights on
Sunday are canceled.

JetBlue will operate Saturday, Sept. 9, but has canceled flights
Sunday, Sept. 19.

American Airlines will not operate Saturday, Sept. 9, and has canceled
its last inbound flight tonight. The last arrival today is at 5:12 p.m.

Travelers should monitor flights next week with the airlines. As the
storm passes, staff will work to restore operations.

The airport is not a shelter.


Votran will support evacuation and recovery efforts in Volusia County.
Please be advised of important changes:

· Friday, Sept. 8 - Votran will run normal service
· Saturday, Sept. 9 - Votran will operate normal service under
evacuation transportation status. Fares will be waived.
· Sunday, Sept. 10 - Votran will not operate. Votran will resume
normal service as soon as conditions allow.


The Florida Department of Transportation is ending SunRail commuter
rail service earlier than normal today. The last trains of the night
will be the 6 p.m. southbound train from DeBary (Train 333) and the 7:30
p.m. northbound train from Sand Lake Road (Train 334). There will be no
8 p.m. southbound and no 9:15 p.m. northbound trains. This allows staff
to prepare the corridor and render it safe before to the impending

Hurricane Irma preparations include:

· Securing railroad gates at more than 130 railroad crossings on
the 61.5-mile corridor, including removal of longer railroad gates
· Inspecting and storing the SunRail train fleet
· Securing railroad equipment throughout the corridor

After the storm, and when conditions stabilize, a complete inspection
of the 61.5-mile corridor is necessary to assess the storm’s impact
and prepare the corridor to reinstate rail service for SunRail, as well
as freight and Amtrak operations. It is unclear when SunRail will resume
normal operations.

Even though railroad crossings will be taken out of service, drivers
should still exercise caution. After the storm, and before gates are
re-installed, there may be special vehicles and slow-moving trains on
the rail. Be careful around trains and railroad crossings and on station

12:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Melbourne issued a Hurricane Watch for inland Volusia County, including DeLand and Deltona, at 11:31 a.m. Friday. Click here to view it.

11 a.m. 

As of the National Hurricane Center's 11 a.m. advisory, Hurricane Irma had 150 mph sustained winds, with higher gusts, and continued to move west-northwest at 14 mph. Hurricane-force winds extended 70 miles from the center, while tropical-storm-force winds extended out up to 185 miles. The official track had the center of the storm moving up the spine of the Florida peninsula, but still with a large area of uncertainty as to its exact track. 

DeLand was still giivng out sandbags to its residents Friday:

The sand and bag station, which will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, will be located in the parking lot south of Conrad Park, 555 South Woodland Boulevard. People will be limited to 5 bags per vehicle per day and IDs will be required. Shovels will be available for use and city workers will be on site to assist residents. For more information, people are asked to contact Public Works at 386-626-7195.


As was Deltona:

Location: Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex, 1200 Saxon Blvd., and Deltona Public Works, 201 Howland Blvd. (next to Walmart).
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday. Bags will be available on Friday at both locations.


Details: There is a limit of 10 bags per resident. Residents can take the bags and fill them with their own dirt or fill them on site. A limited amount of shovels are available so residents may want to take a shovel. Residents should be prepared to fill their own bags. Please bring proof of Deltona residency.


Orange City was out of sandbags and had suspended its sandbag operations. DeBary was out of bags as well, but was allowing citizens to bring their own bags. The sand is at City Hall, 16 Colomba Road, DeBary, and will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Lake Helen is also out of bags, but has sand and shovels at the Equestrian Center, 321 Pleasant St. 

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