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UPDATE 4:00 p.m.:

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;&lt;strong&gt;1&lt;/strong&gt; &amp;mdash; Number of days this week Volusia County&amp;rsquo;s public schools will be open&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;Schools will reopen for classes Friday, following a holiday-shortened week interrupted by a major hurricane.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;&lt;strong&gt;2&lt;/strong&gt; &amp;mdash; Number of elderly people Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood reported to have been &amp;ldquo;scammed out of thousands of dollars,&amp;rdquo; by people claiming the victims &amp;ldquo;need&amp;rdquo; work done on their property, such as &amp;ldquo;tree trimming, for electrical outlets, and for roofing&amp;rdquo;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;&lt;strong&gt;1,800&lt;/strong&gt; &amp;mdash; Approximate number of Volusia homes that lost electricity as a result of Hurricane Dorian&amp;rsquo;s winds upon power lines or trees falling upon power lines&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;&lt;strong&gt;&amp;ldquo;In the hundreds&amp;rdquo;&lt;/strong&gt; &amp;mdash; the number of Volusia County government employees transferred from their normal duties to support first responders such as the Sheriff&amp;rsquo;&amp;rsquo;s Office, Fire and Emergency Medical Services and Public Works&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;County Manager George Recktenwald could not provide a specific number of workers in varied departments such as Library Services and Elections given emergency-related assignments. Recktenwald said the Dorian-related personnel expenses will affect the county&amp;rsquo;s budget, but he hopes some if not all of those costs will be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The exact figures on overtime for so many employees remains a question mark.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;” id=”cb4a4f94-614b-413a-b12e-2015ae4b66ef” style-type=”update” title=”Dorian Statistics” type=”relcontent”}}


UPDATE 3:00 p.m.:

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;From our local National Weather Service office:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;A Storm Surge Warning and Tropical Storm Warning are in effect for Coastal Volusia&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Inland Volusia&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;STORM INFORMATION:&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;About 90 miles east-northeast of Daytona Beach FL&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;Storm Intensity 105 mph&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;Movement North-northwest or 335 degrees at 9 mph&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;Hurricane Dorian is now about 90 miles east northeast of Daytona Beach in Volusia County and moving north-northwest at 9 mph. Dorian will continue moving northward and away from east central Florida through this evening and tonight.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;The strongest winds will occur across Volusia County through this afternoon. Sustained winds of 30 to 35 mph will occur with gusts to around 50 mph possible.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;Additional rainfall amounts of up to 2 inches are forecast over Volusia County.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;WIND:&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;Potential impacts from winds are now unfolding across Volusia County. Remain sheltered from dangerous wind gusts having potential significant impacts.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;These impacts include:&lt;/p&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;li dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;Small trees snapped or uprooted along with fences and roadway signs blown over.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;li dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;Areas with power and communications outages.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;/li&gt; &lt;/ul&gt;” id=”9e98ff2f-5d46-406d-8851-f0122453e949″ style-type=”update” title=”Eye of Dorian now east of Jacksonville, Florida” type=”relcontent”}}


UPDATE 9 a.m.:

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p id=&quot;docs-internal-guid-da19ace1-7fff-20c7-4aac-e3944da6f9a1&quot; dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;Coastal areas should still expect tropical-force sustained winds between 20 to 25 mph until 4 p.m.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;County fire crews currently conducting visual inspection of possible damage.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;No reports of major damage or major concerns from Citizens Information Center calls overnight.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;According to FDOT, all bridges are currently open.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;There are currently 2,200 houses without power. Crews are currently working to restore power to these homes.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;All shelters will close at 11 a.m&lt;/strong&gt;. except for the Volusia County Fairgrounds.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p dir=&quot;ltr&quot;&gt;More detailed report will be given by the county at a 1 p.m. briefing, streamed live on Facebook.&lt;/p&gt;” id=”9cde549d-c37f-49dd-af0c-f3b5a335b0a7″ style-type=”update” title=”From Volusia County Emergency Management:” type=”relcontent”}}


Sept. 4, 8:30 a.m.:

West Volusia woke up to breezy and rainy conditions that will continue throughout today, but escaped the worst storm effects overnight, as the outer bands of Category 2 Hurricane Dorian continued roll across inland Central Florida.

Hurricane Dorian is about 90 miles offshore of Daytona Beach this morning, and moving north-northwest at 8 mph. The forecast track has the storm moving parallel to Volusia County through midday, before moving north away from our area through tonight.

The large eye should remain, at a minimum, 80 miles offshore.

Dorian continues to weaken, while maintaining it’s large size and Category 2 status — maximum sustained winds are now clocked at 105 mph, down from its peak of around 185 mph when Dorian hit the Bahamas as a Category 5.

Windy conditions and possible flooding remain threats as Dorian rides parallel to the coast today.

Some local cities have announced plans to reopen tomorrow — in Deltona, trash pick-up will resume Thurs., and workers will collect Tues. and Wed. missed trash days on Friday. City administrative offices will also open tomorrow.

In DeLand, city officials reported a tree had fallen on an assisted living facility near 450 North McDonald Avenue, but caused no injuries or major damage. The city website indicated five trees down around town on public rights of way at 7 a.m. today.

A map tracking the damage in DeLand is available by clicking here.

{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p&gt;The strongest winds will occur along the barrier islands of Volusia&lt;br /&gt;County early this morning. Sustained winds of 40 to 50 mph will occur&lt;br /&gt;as the eye of Dorian makes its closest point of approach, with gusts&lt;br /&gt;up to hurricane force in squalls that move onshore. Persons in Coastal&lt;br /&gt;Volusia Counties should remain indoors until winds and squalls subside&lt;br /&gt;later today.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;Over interior areas from greater Orlando and Sanford northward,&lt;br /&gt;sustained winds of 15 to 30 mph will gust well above tropical storm&lt;br /&gt;force in squalls, potentially reaching 40 to 50 mph, and possibly as&lt;br /&gt;high as 60 mph across eastern Seminole and inland Volusia Counties.&lt;br /&gt;This could result in damage to trees and power lines. Torrential&lt;br /&gt;downpours in these squalls could total a quick inch of rainfall, which&lt;br /&gt;may cause temporary ponding of water on roads and other poor drainage areas.&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;The NOAA automated station at St. Augustine Beach, Florida, recently reported sustained winds of 46 mph and a wind gust of 59 mph.&lt;/p&gt;” id=”15ed861e-4c3b-4b59-9483-346a0fe08a81″ style-type=”info” title=”From our local National Weather Service station:” type=”relcontent”}}

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