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Storm slows; county adjusts plans accordingly

Volusia and Flagler counties are now expecting impacts to be felt early Monday.

Hurricane Dorian’s progress has slowed as it moves toward Florida’s east coast. Volusia and Flagler counties are now expecting impacts to be felt early Monday. Volusia County will experience tropical storm force winds by Sunday evening, for a duration of 24 to 36 hours, with six to 12 hours of hurricane force winds. Heavy rain is also expected with accumulation of six to 12 inches; some areas may receive 18 inches of rain.

EOC and CIC activation

The Emergency Operations Center and Citizens Information Center will be at a Level II activation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday. Both centers will go into full activation, Level I, at 7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 1. They will remain open 24 hours a day until further notice.

Residents can call the Citizens Information Center at 866-345-0345 with questions and concerns.

Evacuations

The timeline for any mandatory evacuations is forecasted to take place between noon Sunday, Sept.1, and noon Monday, Sept. 2.  

Shelters

Shelters are forecast to open in Volusia County between noon Sunday, Sept. 1, and noon Monday, Sept. 2. The shelter list will be posted at www.volusia.org/pin.

Bridge closures

As weather conditions deteriorate, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will coordinate with municipalities to close bridges. The bridges will reopen when the Florida Department of Transportation inspects them and determines that they are structurally safe.

Beach and coastal parks

Select vehicle access ramps will be open Saturday, Aug. 31, for beach access; ramp locations will be posted on the Volusia Beaches Facebook page Saturday morning. In preparation for the storm, some restrooms will be closed Saturday and trash cans are being removed.  Beachgoers should bring trash off the beach with them when leaving. The beach will close Saturday night until further notice. 

Inlet parks will close at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, and will remain closed until further notice.

Closures

  • All county offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • County libraries and Lyonia Environmental Center will be closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
  • The Marine Science Center will be closed from Saturday through at least Tuesday.
  • DeBary Hall Historic Site will be closed Sunday and Monday.
  • All courthouses in the Seventh Judicial Circuit will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. In Volusia County, this affects the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand, the S. James Foxman Justice Center in Daytona Beach, and the Volusia County Courthouse Annex at City Island in Daytona Beach. First appearance hearings will continue as scheduled, pending further determination on a county-by-county basis.
  • County parks west of the Halifax River will be closed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Jurassic Quest, which was scheduled to take place at the Ocean Center from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, has been canceled.

Curfews

When the storm approaches, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office may institute a curfew to discourage loitering and prevent looting. Law enforcement officers will use discretion and common sense in enforcing the curfew.

Sandbags

Residents living in the unincorporated areas of Volusia County can obtain sandbags at the following locations today until they are gone.

  • Volusia County Corrections facility, 1354 Indian Lake Road, Daytona Beach
  • 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 following locations have sand piles only; residents should bring their own bags and shovel.

  • Hiles Boulevard Off-Beach Parking Lot, 4516 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach
  • Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park, 1800 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond-by-the-Sea

Sandbags will be available at noon tomorrow, Sept. 1, in select locations based on need. Those locations will be announced at a later time.

Several cities are also offering sandbags to their residents. The complete list is posted at www.volusia.org/pin.

Flood warning

There is a flood warning for the St. Johns River near Astor from Tuesday night until further notice. The river is already in action stage, and minor flooding is forecast. At 2.3 feet, minor flooding can be expected of low-lying streets and yards north of Fox Road on the Lake County side of Astor, and from River Road northward on the Volusia County side of the river. Water will begin to cover docks at South Moon Fish Camp.

For the latest information and live updates, follow Volusia County Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter.

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