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JUST IN CASE — Dana Williams stocks up on bottled water after reports that Tropical Storm Dorian could intensify to a Category 3 hurricane.

 

ORIGINAL STORY

West Volusia cities are rallying together in preparation for Tropical Storm Dorian, which has the potential to become a Category 3 hurricane when it hits Florida later this weekend. 

As the tropical storm edges closer to Puerto Rico and other islands in the eastern Caribbean, National Weather Station’s hurricane center issued the following statement:

“The risk of dangerous storm surge and hurricane-force winds is increasing in central and northwestern Bahamas and along the Florida east coast, although it is too soon to determine where these hazards will occur.”

“Residents in these areas should ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place and not focus on the exact forecast track of Dorian’s center,” the statement reads.

At this point, it’s still possible that Dorian could shift in a northward direction. But, everyone should expect heavy rains later this week and early next week, even in the case of a change in direction.

With the news of Dorian potentially becoming a Category 3 hurricane, many in West Volusia aren’t procrastinating.  

The cities of Deltona, Orange City and DeBary have already announced through social media that they will be distributing sandbags and sand to residents in the area. 

In DeLand, officials are currently in pre-preparation meetings.

“We’re still before the 72-hour mark,” Public Works Director Demetris Pressley said. 

Once closer, or if the city manager authorizes an emergency operation center, Pressley said, staff will distribute sandbags, check and double-check city facilities, and focus on preparing locals. 

Already, the City of DeLand has shared a disaster-supply checklist on social media. 

Regardless of all the unknowns, some are already taking to Lowe’s and Publix, where they hope to stock up on supplies. 

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