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Update 11:30 p.m. – Tree falls on DeLand ALF

From Chris Graham, community information director for the City of DeLand:


“As the outer bands from Hurricane Dorian started to hit Volusia County, it knocked over several power lines and trees here in DeLand.

“At about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, a tree fell on an assisted living facility home near 450 North McDonald Avenue. The home did not sustain major damage and there were no injuries reported.”

Update: 8:29 p.m. – A view of the storm <img class="wp-image-1902 size-large" src="https://www.beacononlinenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/f04314e1399f9f3b7136e5505f425e63.gif" alt="

A composite enhancing the temperature and moisture characteristics of Hurricane Dorian from a geostationary operational environmental satellite.

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A composite enhancing the temperature and moisture characteristics of Hurricane Dorian from a geostationary operational environmental satellite.

Local weather update 7:00 p.m.: 

The weather will become increasingly unpredictable tonight here in West Volusia, as Hurricane Dorian crawls northwest at 6 mph.

The storm is currently roughly 100 miles off Vero Beach, but the system has grown larger. Although the eye is expected to track east around 60 miles offshore, tropical-storm-force winds extend 175 miles out.

Like all hurricanes, Dorian is a lopsided storm, with one side that extends further from the eye. As Dorian continues its counterclockwise rotation, this longer “arm” will pass over West Volusia through the evening as Dorian makes it’s closest approach to us into Wednesday, and strong rain bands will come with gusts of wind up to 50 mph and possibly even 60 mph.

The Volusia County coast will be subject to storm surges during tonight’s high tide, and possibly sustained winds between 25 and 35 mph.

The weather may change quickly to make conditions more hazardous. The National Weather Service cautions residents not to go out in the dark to check for damage.

From our local National Weather Service office:

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p&gt;The strongest winds are expected along the Brevard and Volusia coastline overnight into early Wednesday. Some squalls will make it into the interior overnight as well with gusts to 50 mph possible from Osceola county to metro Orlando, inland Volusia and northeast Volusia County.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Persons in Brevard and Volusia, people should remain indoors as stronger winds develop through tonight and early Wednesday&lt;/strong&gt;.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Large battering waves and higher than normal tides on top of the surge will add to the destructive force of the water during the high tide cycle around midnight tonight. Entering the water can be deadly as there will be very large breaking waves building up to 10 feet, in addition to numerous strong rip currents.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Heavy rainfall is forecast over east central Florida from Dorian, with additional rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches over the coastal counties and up to 2 to 4 inches inland. While isolated urban and poor drainage flooding will be possible inland, it will be even more likely near the coast. Flooding and high water levels on area rivers such as the Saint Johns River will be aggravated by any additional rainfall.&lt;/p&gt;” id=”1605b90e-4b2c-41f6-822d-047ca5ab46eb” style-type=”info” title=”Hurricane Local Statement Issued by NWS Melbourne, FL” type=”relcontent”}}




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