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Initial figures released by the Volusia County Property Appraiser’s Office show the county suffered relatively scant damage from the winds and waves of Hurricane Dorian.

Volusia County sustained property losses now amounting to $469,514, according to the agency, whose staffers have checked for damage in the wake of the storm. About two-thirds of that number, some $307,000, comes from Ormond Beach. By contrast, DeLand sustained a rather modest amount of damage, $8,023, the official figures note.

Dorian’s destructive force upon Volusia was much less than what the county experienced as a result of Hurricane Matthew, which wrought $514,446,125 worth of damage in October 2016, and Hurricane Irma, which inflicted damage of $371,081,083 in September 2017.

— Al Everson

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Born in Virginia, Al spent his youth in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia, and first moved to DeLand in 1969. He graduated from Stetson University in 1971, and returned to West Volusia in 1985. Al began working for The Beacon as a stringer in 1999, contributing articles on county and municipal government and, when he left his job as the one-man news department at Radio Station WXVQ, began working at The Beacon full time.

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