Volusia County is under a hurricane warning and storm surge warning as Hurricane Dorian begins its movement up Florida’s east coast. Residents can expect sustained tropical storm force winds of 40 to 45 mph by midday Tuesday, with gusts up to 75 to 85 mph. A few tornadoes are possible today and tonight, with the greatest threat along the immediate coast.
Any wobble to the west would bring very heavy rain and the potential for hurricane-force winds to Florida's east coast tomorrow through Wednesday.
Sustained tropical storm winds in Volusia County are expected to occur between noon and 8 p.m. Tuesday and last for 24 hours. The county can expect beach erosion and a storm surge of 4 to 7 feet.
Hurricane Dorian remains a major hurricane and is forecast to remain powerful and very dangerous through mid-week. The latest forecast track is essentially unchanged, with a very slow motion today and tonight near Grand Bahama Island. Dorian is still forecast to move dangerously close to Florida as it turns northwest late tonight, then parallels the coast Tuesday and Wednesday.
The forecast track takes the center of the hurricane only 40 to 50 miles off central Florida’s coast. A westward shift could bring the core of the major hurricane to the immediate coast. Even a small westward deviation will increase winds, rain impacts for all areas, and storm surge along the coast.
Residents are encouraged to be in place where they’re going to ride out the storm by tonight.
A mandatory evacuation order is in effect for residents who live on the beachside, in low-lying areas, and RV and mobile homes throughout the county. If you plan to evacuate, now is the time! If you choose to ignore the mandatory order, you are taking 100% responsibility for yourself; police, fire and emergency medical services will not be able to respond to emergencies during the storm.
The Volusia County Council has issued an emergency curfew from 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, through 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, for cities and unincorporated areas east of the Halifax River. The restriction does not apply to authorized public safety personnel.
The shelter at David Hinson Middle School, Daytona Beach, is at capacity.
Persons seeking shelter at a Special Needs Shelter may bring only one caregiver with them.
· Public schools will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 3; Wednesday, Sept. 4; and Thursday, Sept. 5. All school-related activities on or off campus are canceled through Thursday. · Daytona Beach International Airport will close at 6 p.m. today. Persons with questions about their flight should contact their air carrier directly. · County offices and public libraries will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday. · All bridges crossing the Halifax River will be closed when the sustained wind speed reaches 39 mph. Individual cities are responsible for managing re-entry.
Landfill and transfer station operating hours
The West Volusia Transfer Station, Tomoka Farms Road Landfill and administrative offices will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Weather permitting, both facilities will reopen for normal business hours on Thursday, Sept. 5. The landfill will be open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and the transfer station will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Unincorporated waste collection
Garbage, recycling and yard trash collection services for unincorporated Volusia County will be suspended on Tuesday, Sept. 3; and Wednesday, Sept. 4. Do not place containers, recycling bins or yard trash debris curbside for collection on these days.
The collection schedule for unincorporated Volusia County on Thursday and Friday are dependent on weather conditions. Waste collection services will resume and be announced as soon as possible once the storm clears and roads are passable.
St. Johns River
The St. Johns River is a no-wake zone until water recedes to its normal level.
All train activity on the Central Florida Rail Corridor has ceased until further notice. The corridor closure affects SunRail, Amtrak, CSX freight, and other railroads that use the corridor.
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