Dorian nears Florida - Volusia could experience impacts today

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County gives update on Dorian

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GIVING AN UPDATE — Volusia County Emergency Management Director Jim Judge speaks on Hurricane Dorian at a press conference Monday, alongside Volusia County Community Information Director Joanne Magley, right, and a sign-language interpreter.

Despite the storm nearly slowing to a halt Monday evening over The Bahamas, time is still running out for Volusia County residents to prepare for Hurricane Dorian's impacts, county officials said at a press conference Monday evening.

Jim Judge, who directs the county's emergency-management department, said the onset of tropical storm-force winds in Volusia County is expected sometime Tuesday afternoon.

"Based on the information we have this evening, the timing for the tropical storm-force force winds to arrive at the Volusia County line is between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. [Tuesday]," he said. "That's a change from noon, from earlier today."

The latest update from the National Hurricane Center on Dorian's track was sort of a wash in terms of how the storm will impact Volusia County, he said.

"There was a very slight shift in the storm a little bit east; however, the wind field has grown, so it didn't really do much for us," Judge said.

Some 15 shelters are open throughout the county for those wishing to seek hardier accommodations during the storm, about 850 of whom have done so already. There's plenty of room overall, Judge said, but one shelter, Hinson Middle School in Daytona Beach, is full.

Mandatory evacuations of residents on the beachside barrier islands and in low-lying areas and mobile homes east of the Halifax River went into effect at 10 a.m. Monday. There was some confusion as to whether the evacuations were county-wide — the evacuations are only for those east of Halifax River, the county clarified earlier today.

Judge said the storm could bring 40 to 60 mph winds to parts of Volusia County, in addition to about 5 to 8 inches of rain, with 10 inches possible in some areas. The St. Johns River near Astor is in minor flooding currently, and minor flooding is expected further south near Geneva.

County staff have been in consultation with local assisted-living facilities, as well, Judge said, and have made sure they are well-stocked with food, water and generator fuel.

For the latest information from Volusia County on Hurricane Dorian, visit www.volusia.org/PIN, or call the county’s information hotline, 866-345-0345.

— Anthony DeFeo


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National Hurricane Center latest data shows Hurricane Dorian slowing to a 1 mph crawl to the west, as it wreaks havoc in the Bahamas and nears Florida’s coast.

Dorian continues to produce gusts in excess of 200 mph, and has tropical-force winds extending outward over 140 miles from the eye.

As of last night, coastal Volusia is under a hurricane watch, and inland Volusia is under a tropical storm watch.

High winds and conditions that can produce tornadoes are possible today — county officials have urged that residents be where they plan to ride out the storm by tonight.

The outermost rain bands of Dorian will move over the county throughout the morning, producing brief periods of heavy rain and wind gusts up to 40 mph, especially along the coast.

Dorian is now projected to run parallel to the coast as it moves northward Tues. and Wed., bringing high winds and life-threatening storm surges to coastal Volusia and dangerous winds to inland Volusia.

Tropical storm conditions are projected for Volusia by Tues. morning.

The National Weather Service warns that the duration of the worst conditions could last between 18 and 24 hours. Heavy rainfall is expected, as well as flooding of the St. Johns River.

At 8:30 a.m. today, Dorian was about 125 miles east-southeast of Stuart, Florida.

Reminder:

Citizens Information Center is now available 24 hours until further notice. Residents can call 866-345-0345.

In Volusia, mandatory evacuation of coastal homes, low-lying areas, and mobile and RV parks begins today, Monday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m.

Residents have until 6 a.m. Tuesday morning to complete the evacuation orders.

Shelters will open at 10 a.m. today, although county officials have reminded residents not to arrive at the shelters before they are open.

For more information on county operations, including garbage pickup and the latest on sandbags and shelters, click here.

From Volusia County:

General shelters are available for people who have been evacuated or feel unsafe in their homes.

T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High School, 100 E. Washington Ave., Pierson

DeLand High School, 800 N. Hill Road, DeLand

University High School, 1000 W. Rhode Island Ave., Orange City

​Mainland High School, 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach

Sweetwater Elementary School, 5800 Victoria Gardens Blvd., Port Orange

Special needs shelters assist evacuees with disabilities or functional medical needs. They are pet friendly. Residents who are not registered will be assessed upon arrival at the shelters.

Freedom Elementary School, 1395 S. Blue Lake Ave., DeLand

Galaxy Middle School, 2400 Eustace Ave, Deltona

​Palm Terrace Elementary School, 1825 Dunn Ave., Daytona Beach

Pride Elementary School, 1100 Learning Lane, Deltona

Pet friendly shelters provide housing for people and pets in separate locations at the shelter.

Hinson Middle,1860 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach

Pine Ridge High, 925 Howland Blvd., Deltona

River Springs Middle, 900 W. Ohio Ave., Orange City

The people and pet shelter houses people and pets in the same location.

​Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 W. State Road 44, DeLand

If you are unable to go to a bus stop because of a disability, call Votran to schedule a paratransit ride. The phone numbers are:

Greater Daytona Beach Area: 386-322-5100 or 386-756-7494

West Volusia: 386-943-7050

Southeast Volusia: 386-424-6810