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Hurricane Florence brings hazardous beach conditions

Posted On: September 12, 2018

While Volusia County will not suffer direct impact from Hurricane Florence, the beach and coastline will see effects of the storm. The surf is continuing to build, with six to nine foot waves expected by mid-day Wednesday, along with a significant increase in rip current activity. Beachgoers should swim in front of a staffed lifeguard tower. 

Volusia County’s Coastal Division has begun preparing the beach for high wave impacts and a possible super-tide. Trash cans and port-a-lets in low-lying sections of the beach are being removed or moved to higher locations. Tolls booths are also being moved higher. Water to showers may be shut off in advance of the storm, which may affect water to some restrooms. 

Beachgoers are highly encouraged to utilize off-beach parking through the end of the week as high tides are expected to close beach-driving in most areas. Damage to beach walkovers is possible. 

While beach conditions should return to normal by Saturday morning, any conservation posts lost during the storm must be reset before beach driving is reopened. Additionally, beachgoers should be alert of possible turtle nests and eggs, which may wash out due to high tides. Seaweed washed in from the storm may also bring washback turtles. Beachgoers who find turtle eggs or washback turtles should call Beach Safety at 386-239-6414. 

Storm tides often bring unwanted marine debris to our beaches. The International Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, Sept. 15. Anyone interested in joining can get more info at www.volusia.org/cleanup and can show up to help at any of the listed locations. While the Coastal Division will work to replace trash cans as quickly as possible, some locations may not be reinstalled before Saturday's cleanup. If a trash receptacle is not available, beachgoers should place collected trash above the high tide line, near a county walkover or ramp.