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Dorian expected to approach Tuesday

Posted On: September 2, 2019

The center of Hurricane Dorian is predicted to make its closest approach to Volusia County late Tuesday afternoon.

“The eye is forecast to be 30 to 40 miles offshore when it passes Volusia County,” said Emergency Management Director Jim Judge. “A small shift to the west could be devastating.”

Residents should be prepared for a long-duration event. Sustained tropical storm winds are expected to begin between 4 and 10 p.m. Tuesday and last 24 hours along the coast and eight to 12 hours inland.

The hurricane is expected to move very slowly as it approaches Volusia County, prolonging the duration of hazards, which include damaging winds and storm surge, a moderate threat of flooding rain near the coast, and major beach erosion. There is also a minimal threat of tornadoes.

Rainfall amounts of 6 to 8 inches are likely in coastal areas. Significantly higher amounts would occur if Dorian moves west of forecast.

Shelters

Volusia County has opened 15 shelters, including six special needs shelters. As of 5 p.m., there were 850 people in the shelters. Only one shelter – David Hinson Middle School in Daytona Beach – has reached capacity. Officials expect additional people to go to shelters tonight and tomorrow morning.

Votran

Votran will not operate or provide transportation to shelters on Tuesday or Wednesday.

St. Johns River

The St. Johns River at Astor is in minor flood stage and is forecast to reach at least moderate flood stage Tuesday night. Near Geneva and Lake Harney, the river is at action stage and is forecast to reach at least minor flood stage by the end of the week.