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UPDATE: SEPT. 2 8:53 p.m.

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;The first offenders subject to the enhanced penalties for criminal activity during a state of emergency are a pair of sandbag thieves in Daytona Beach.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;Two men were caught at the Tomoka Farms and I-4 overpass around 5 p.m. Mon. &amp;mdash; one acted as a lookout, while the other loaded up a red pickup truck with pilfered sandbag supplies.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;A passing Volusia County Sheriff’s Office sergeant noticed the scene, and both men were arrested.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;From the county:&amp;nbsp;&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;Volusia County crews distributed supplies and materials for more than 100,000 free sandbags in recent days in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, not including those distributed by many cities in Volusia County.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;Sheriff Mike Chitwood has issued several warnings that enhanced penalties are in effect during the state of emergency declared in advance of the storm, and will be pursued against anyone caught committing crimes during this period.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;” id=”ba3553af-6538-4c20-877b-1366a847786e” style-type=”update” title=”2 Men caught stealing sandbags from construction site in Daytona Beach” type=”relcontent”}}

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UPDATE SEPT. 2 7:00 p.m.:

County gives update on Dorian <img class="wp-image-1959 size-large" src="https://www.beacononlinenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/186f7a17d05b32ff6a419d0722cc1899.png" alt="GIVING AN UPDATE — Volusia County Emergency Management Director Jim Judge speaks on Hurricane Dorian at a press conference Monday, alongside Volusia County Community Information Director Joanne Magley, right, and a sign-language interpreter.” width=”696″ height=”396″ />

GIVING AN UPDATE — Volusia County Emergency Management Director Jim Judge speaks on Hurricane Dorian at a press conference Monday, alongside Volusia County Community Information Director Joanne Magley, right, and a sign-language interpreter.

Despite the storm nearly slowing to a halt Monday evening over The Bahamas, time is still running out for Volusia County residents to prepare for Hurricane Dorian’s impacts, county officials said at a press conference Monday evening.

Jim Judge, who directs the county’s emergency-management department, said the onset of tropical storm-force winds in Volusia County is expected sometime Tuesday afternoon.

“Based on the information we have this evening, the timing for the tropical storm-force force winds to arrive at the Volusia County line is between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. [Tuesday],” he said. “That’s a change from noon, from earlier today.”

The latest update from the National Hurricane Center on Dorian’s track was sort of a wash in terms of how the storm will impact Volusia County, he said.

“There was a very slight shift in the storm a little bit east; however, the wind field has grown, so it didn’t really do much for us,” Judge said.

Some 15 shelters are open throughout the county for those wishing to seek hardier accommodations during the storm, about 850 of whom have done so already. There’s plenty of room overall, Judge said, but one shelter, Hinson Middle School in Daytona Beach, is full.

Mandatory evacuations of residents on the beachside barrier islands and in low-lying areas and mobile homes east of the Halifax River went into effect at 10 a.m. Monday. There was some confusion as to whether the evacuations were county-wide — the evacuations are only for those east of Halifax River, the county clarified earlier today.

Judge said the storm could bring 40 to 60 mph winds to parts of Volusia County, in addition to about 5 to 8 inches of rain, with 10 inches possible in some areas. The St. Johns River near Astor is in minor flooding currently, and minor flooding is expected further south near Geneva.

County staff have been in consultation with local assisted-living facilities, as well, Judge said, and have made sure they are well-stocked with food, water and generator fuel.

For the latest information from Volusia County on Hurricane Dorian, visit www.volusia.org/PIN, or call the county’s information hotline, 866-345-0345.

— Anthony DeFeo

UPDATE: SEPT. 2 6:57 p.m.

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;From The City of Deltona:&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Waste Pro services have been suspended Tuesday and Wednesday in the City of Deltona. Tuesdays collections will be Thursday and Wednesdays collection will be Friday. Waste Pro will try to catch up on days missed this weekend but please look for additional information on this website at DeltonaFl.Gov. Residents who have placed garbage or yard waste at the curb, should bring the items back to their home and secure them. Please understand that unsecured items left outside homes may become dangerous projectiles for you and your neighbors during Hurricane Dorian.&lt;/p&gt;” id=”fa29dc4d-e815-4ab4-bb25-359ed299682d” style-type=”info” title=”Waste Pro update!!! Collections suspended for Tuesday and Wednesday.” type=”relcontent”}}


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UPDATE: SEPT. 2 4:45 p.m.

From the National Weather Service: 


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UPDATE: SEPT. 2 3:43 p.m.

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;From Volusia County Emergency Management:&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;Volusia County is under a hurricane warning and storm surge warning as Hurricane Dorian begins its movement up Florida&amp;rsquo;s east coast.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;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.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;Sustained tropical storm winds in Volusia County are expected to occur between noon and 8 p.m. Tuesday and last for 24 hours.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Residents are encouraged to be in place where they&amp;rsquo;re going to ride out the storm by tonight.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Landfill and transfer station operating hours&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The West Volusia Transfer Station, Tomoka Farms Road Landfill and administrative offices will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Unincorporated waste collection&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;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.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;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.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;St. Johns River&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The St. Johns River is a no-wake zone until water recedes to its normal level.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Train activity&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;” id=”18fc13cc-a8fd-4777-8f30-e298710770e3″ style-type=”update” title=”From Volusia County Emergency Management” type=”relcontent”}}

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UPDATE: SEPT. 2 3:18 p.m.

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;From the County:&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;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.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;According to Volusia County Chair Ed Kelley, the curfew is being implemented to protect and safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the people of Volusia County.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;The restriction does not apply to authorized public safety personnel.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;” id=”d3ac38f2-ec08-423b-83a5-a89b1c6d6331″ style-type=”update” title=”Curfew for those living east of Halifax River begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday” type=”relcontent”}}

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UPDATE: SEPT. 2 2:16 p.m.

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p&gt;Utility bills due this week have been extended due to Hurricane Dorian.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;As non-emergency city offices will be closed through Wednesday, utility bills that would have been due on September 3 have been extended to September 9.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;There will be no late fees and water will not be turned off during this time.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;If residents have a water emergency, please contact the water plant at 386-626-7203.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p style=&quot;text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;em&gt;- Chris Graham, DeLand community information specialist&lt;/em&gt;&lt;/p&gt;” id=”03b43a40-d2b8-4cc2-8eac-2a3a6c9c8d5c” style-type=”update” title=”DeLand gives utility bill reprieve” type=”relcontent”}}

UPDATE: SEPT. 2 12:35 p.m.

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Tallahassee, Fla.&lt;/strong&gt; &amp;ndash; Today, Governor Ron DeSantis received multiple briefings on Hurricane Dorian from Division of Emergency Management Director (DEM) Jared Moskowitz and State Meteorologist Amy Godsey. The Governor continues to be in constant communication with federal, State and local weather experts, as well as county emergency management directors and mayors.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;&amp;ldquo;We have seen what Hurricane Dorian is capable of, and the First Lady and I extend our prayers to the people of the Bahamas,&amp;rdquo; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span&gt;said Governor DeSantis.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span&gt; &amp;ldquo;As we continue to monitor this storm, all Floridians should follow local reports and heed the call for evacuations. We are ready to deploy assets as needed and will continue to monitor traffic and fuel levels as more counties come under hurricane watches and warnings.&amp;rdquo;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;&amp;ldquo;Hurricane Dorian is the strongest storm to ever threaten the state of Florida on the East Coast,&amp;rdquo; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span&gt;said DEM Director Jared Moskowitz.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;span&gt; &amp;ldquo;No matter what path this storm takes, our state will be impacted. We will continue to work around the clock to prepare.&amp;rdquo;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for coastal areas of Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. St. Johns, Brevard and Volusia counties will issue evacuation orders tomorrow. To assist evacuation traffic, Governor DeSantis has directed the suspension of tolls on Florida&amp;rsquo;s Turnpike Mainline, and selected toll roads across the state.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;The toll suspensions include the following:&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;Alligator Alley&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;The Turnpike Mainline (SR 91), including the Homestead Extension (SR 821)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;Beachline Expressway (SR 528)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;Orlando Beltway (SR 417 and SR 429)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;I-595 Express&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;I-95 Express&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;I-75 Express&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;” id=”1dce5a7d-9eac-42a2-b44a-53f9f3293283″ style-type=”update” title=”Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Updates on Hurricane Dorian Preparedness” type=”relcontent”}}

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;From the Volusia County Community Information Office:&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The Daytona Beach International Airport terminal will close at 6 p.m. today, Monday, Sept. 2.&amp;nbsp;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Customers with a scheduled flight in or out of the airport should contact their air carrier directly.&amp;nbsp;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Rental car customers cannot drop off or pick up cars once the terminal closes. They must find an alternate drop-off or pick-up location.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Remember, the airport is not a shelter.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt;” id=”69225aec-06ee-49ff-8c33-7d2e47853e37″ style-type=”update” title=”Airport closes at 6 p.m. today” type=”relcontent”}}

UPDATE: SEPT. 2 11:20 a.m.

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;BREAKING: Officials anticipate tropical-force winds to begin in Volusia between noon and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3 &amp;mdash; Local state of emergency called.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;&amp;ldquo;We could have those tropical-force winds for approximately 24 hours,&amp;rdquo; County Emergency Management Director James Judge said. &amp;ldquo;We&amp;rsquo;re anticipating approximately four to six inches of rain around the county, and storm surge is potentially four to seven feet.&amp;rdquo;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;Tropical-force winds could be between 40 and 50 mph, for up to 24 hours.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;A hurricane warning and tropical storm warning is likely for coastal Volusia and inland Volusia, respectively, later today, Judge said.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;&amp;ldquo;It is down to one mph and is drifting at this point &amp;mdash; however, a faster motion is anticipated to begin Tuesday into Wednesday as it begins to move to the north,&amp;rdquo; Judge said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;Officials urge those under a mandatory evacuation (beachside, low-lying areas, and mobile homes and RV parks) to take only the essential with them. 15 shelters in the county opened this morning, at 10 a.m.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;&amp;ldquo;Bring something to sleep on,&amp;rdquo; Judge said. Although food will be provided, Judge also urged evacuating residents to bring some non-perishable food, headphones, medications, hygiene items, and a book to keep busy. Most importantly, bring some form of identification.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;A full list of what to bring to a shelter and what not to bring is available here.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;As the storm nears, Judge urged residents to be cautious &amp;mdash; already, he said, there have been some injuries from people falling off of ladders. Always monitor carbon dioxide usage with generators.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;&amp;ldquo;Downed power lines &amp;mdash; always assume they&amp;rsquo;re going to be hot,&amp;rdquo; Judge said. &amp;ldquo;Be careful out there &amp;mdash; use common sense,&amp;rdquo; Judge said.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;More information is available at the county information website at volusia.org/pin&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;” id=”676f030d-ac0e-4881-b3af-6d54a4ca5742″ style-type=”update” title=”Officials anticipate tropical-force winds to begin in Volusia between noon and 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3 ” type=”relcontent”}}

UPDATE: SEPT. 2 11:00 a.m.

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;From National Hurricane Center:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;Maximum sustained winds are near 155 mph with higher gusts.&amp;nbsp; Dorian is an extremely dangerous category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.&amp;nbsp; Although gradual weakening is forecast, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next couple of days.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;The estimated minimum central pressure is 922 mb.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Local impact:&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;As of 10 am, the center of Major Hurricane Dorian was located approximately 125 miles east-southeast of Stuart, Florida with Dorian being nearly stationary. Dorian`s outermost rain bands will continue to move over east central Florida through the rest of this morning. Rain bands will be moving at 25 to 30 mph north of the Cape and 35 to 40 mph to the south. Brief torrential downpours will be possible along with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph.&lt;/p&gt; ” id=”c6bd6d60-94da-413b-8516-b812f3b4cd54″ style-type=”update” title=”Dorian “an extremely dangerous” category 4 hurricane” type=”relcontent”}}

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UPDATE: SEPT. 2 9:53 a.m.

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p&gt;From DeLand Community Information Office:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;(DeLand, FL) &amp;ndash; Wednesday&amp;rsquo;s regularly scheduled City Commission meeting has been canceled due to Hurricane Dorian. A notice will be sent out when the meeting has been re-scheduled.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Additionally, non-emergency city offices will remain closed Wednesday.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;As a reminder, trash pickup will occur as normal on Monday, though no recycling will be collected.&lt;/p&gt;” id=”96245155-20f8-41cf-9606-658e161cfb8f” style-type=”update” title=”City Commission meeting canceled” type=”relcontent”}}

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p&gt;Court closures for the 7&lt;sup&gt;th&lt;/sup&gt;&amp;nbsp;Judicial Circuit Court remain in effect through Wednesday, September 4. No decision has been made yet regarding Wednesday first appearances.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The 7th Circuit includes Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties. This closure affects the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center in Bunnell, the Putnam County Courthouse in Palatka, the Richard O. Watson Judicial Center in St. Augustine, 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.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p class=&quot;m_7764637812068421565m_-2576118641522827615MsoNoSpacing&quot;&gt;Updates will also be posted on&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.circuit7.org/&quot; rel=&quot;noreferrer&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot; data-saferedirecturl=&quot;https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.circuit7.org/&amp;amp;source=gmail&amp;amp;ust=1567518249061000&amp;amp;usg=AFQjCNEJghkuZiN7EytqaEBECm4yDYajRg&quot;&gt;our website&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;and via our Twitter account @7thCircuitFL.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p class=&quot;m_7764637812068421565m_-2576118641522827615MsoNoSpacing&quot;&gt;Information on court closures and openings for all Florida courts will be posted on&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href=&quot;https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/Emergency&quot; rel=&quot;noreferrer&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot; data-saferedirecturl=&quot;https://www.google.com/url?q=https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/Emergency&amp;amp;source=gmail&amp;amp;ust=1567518249061000&amp;amp;usg=AFQjCNFo7BA-h7zX069GM50Nz0cHvrLpnA&quot;&gt;the Florida Supreme Court website&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;” id=”28482454-3c28-4f24-ba96-d627c1338611″ style-type=”update” title=”Court closures for the 7th Judicial Circuit Court remain in effect through Wednesday” type=”relcontent”}}

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Original Story:

National Hurricane Center latest data shows Hurricane Dorian slowing to a 1 mph crawl to the west, as it wreaks havoc in the Bahamas and nears Florida’s coast.

Dorian continues to produce gusts in excess of 200 mph, and has tropical-force winds extending outward over 140 miles from the eye.

As of last night, coastal Volusia is under a hurricane watch, and inland Volusia is under a tropical storm watch.

High winds and conditions that can produce tornadoes are possible today — county officials have urged that residents be where they plan to ride out the storm by tonight.

The outermost rain bands of Dorian will move over the county throughout the morning, producing brief periods of heavy rain and wind gusts up to 40 mph, especially along the coast.

Dorian is now projected to run parallel to the coast as it moves northward Tues. and Wed., bringing high winds and life-threatening storm surges to coastal Volusia and dangerous winds to inland Volusia.

Tropical storm conditions are projected for Volusia by Tues. morning.

The National Weather Service warns that the duration of the worst conditions could last between 18 and 24 hours. Heavy rainfall is expected, as well as flooding of the St. Johns River.

At 8:30 a.m. today, Dorian was about 125 miles east-southeast of Stuart, Florida.


Citizens Information Center is now available 24 hours until further notice. Residents can call 866-345-0345.

In Volusia, mandatory evacuation of coastal homes, low-lying areas, and mobile and RV parks begins today, Monday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m.

Residents have until 6 a.m. Tuesday morning to complete the evacuation orders.

Shelters will open at 10 a.m. today, although county officials have reminded residents not to arrive at the shelters before they are open.

For more information on county operations, including garbage pickup and the latest on sandbags and shelters, click here.

From Volusia County:

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

University High School, 1000 W. Rhode Island Ave., Orange City

​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. Residents who are not registered will be assessed upon arrival at the shelters.

Freedom Elementary School, 1395 S. Blue Lake Ave., DeLand

Galaxy Middle School, 2400 Eustace Ave, Deltona

​Palm Terrace Elementary School, 1825 Dunn Ave., Daytona Beach

Pride Elementary School, 1100 Learning Lane, Deltona

Pet friendly shelters provide housing for people and pets in separate locations at the shelter.

Hinson Middle,1860 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach

Pine Ridge High, 925 Howland Blvd., Deltona

River Springs Middle, 900 W. Ohio Ave., Orange City

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

​Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 W. State Road 44, DeLand

If you are unable to go to a bus stop because of a disability, call Votran to schedule a paratransit ride. The phone numbers are:

Greater Daytona Beach Area: 386-322-5100 or 386-756-7494

West Volusia: 386-943-7050

Southeast Volusia: 386-424-6810


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