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Volusia County braces for Dorian’s impact

The center of Hurricane Dorian is nearing Volusia County, with tropical storm force gusts expected to begin by early evening.

The center of Hurricane Dorian is nearing Volusia County, with tropical storm force gusts expected to begin by early evening.

“While the storm is expected to be farther off-shore than initially expected, its slow speed and growing size will cause major impacts for Volusia County,” said Emergency Management Director Jim Judge. “Residents should expect to feel the effects of Dorian for upwards of 24 hours.”

Shelters

Volusia County shelters will remain open for evacuees. Updated shelter information is as follows:

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
  • ?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. Evacuees and their service animals will remain in the same location. It is too late to pre-register for a special needs shelter. Residents who are not registered will be assessed upon arrival at the shelters.

  • Atlantic High School, 1250 Reed Canal Road, Port Orange
  • Creekside Middle School, 6801 Airport Road, Port Orange
  • Freedom Elementary School, 1395 S. Blue Lake Ave., DeLand
  • Galaxy Middle School, 2400 Eustace Ave, Deltona 

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

  • Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. State Road 44, DeLand

If you evacuate to a shelter, keep in mind that you will not be staying in a hotel. You will not have a private room or bedding.  

Bridges

When the sustained wind speed reaches 39 mph, all bridges crossing the Halifax River will be closed. They will reopen after the Florida Department of Transportation inspects them and determines they are structurally safe. Municipalities are responsible for managing re-entry to the beachside. Residents should reach out to their city with questions regarding identification needed for re-entry.

Curfew

An emergency curfew for cities and unincorporated areas east of the Halifax River is in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, through 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, through 6 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5

Department of Health

Department of Health locations in Volusia County will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 3, due to Hurricane Dorian.

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