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UPDATED SEPT. 27 8:20 P.M.

Volusia County Schools are closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week (Sept. 28th, 29th and 30th) due to Hurricane Ian.

All school activities, events, and programs scheduled for these days are canceled.

Volusia School District employees should not report to work Wednesday through Friday unless directed by their supervisor.

UPDATED: SEPT. 27 1:45 P.M.

As the outer bands of category 3 Hurricane Ian bring rain to Volusia, emergency management officials held a press conference with some key takeaways:

  • Volusia County to open four shelters at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28

  • Curfew will be in effect overnight Sept. 28 and 29

  • No mandatory evacuation

  • Wind chances have increased

According to Volusia County Emergency Management Director Jim Judge, the potential for tropical storm force winds (39 mph to 73 mph) for Volusia is up to 82 percent. The likelihood of hurricane force winds (more than 74 mph) has increased to 22 percent.

A curfew will be in effect for all of Volusia County 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 to 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, and 8 p.m. Thursday Sept. 29 to 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30.

“The curfew should not apply to regular members of law enforcement bodies, regular employees of local businesses and industries or government entities while traveling to and from their jobs,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said. “All emergency workers are exempt provided they have identification if stopped by law enforcement personnel.”

Beaches will be closed to driving this afternoon, Sept. 27, and will not reopen for the duration of the storm. 

Opening Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m.:

General population shelters:

Mainland High School, 1255 W. International Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach

DeLand High School, 800 N. Hill Ave., DeLand

*Special needs shelters: 

Atlantic High School, 1250 Reed Canal Rd., Port Orange

Galaxy Middle School, 2400 Eustace Ave., Deltona

*Register by calling 386-258-4088 or download a form from

For more information, visit


Ian tracks southeastward, increasing chances for high wind speeds and tornadoes 


As of the latest National Weather Service update, Ian’s track continues to shift slightly southeastward, increasing tropical storm conditions for large portions of east central Florida, and increasing the potential for tornadoes and hurricane force winds.

The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for coastal Volusia and inland Volusia.

Ian is expected to continue strengthening today through Wednesday, approaching the west coast of Florida Wednesday afternoon/night as an extremely dangerous major hurricane. The storm’s current maximum sustained winds have increased to near 120 mph with higher gusts.

Currently moving at about 10 mph, Ian is expected to slow as it reaches the coast, bringing widespread heavy rainfall.

Tornadoes are increasingly likely across east central Florida from this afternoon, Tuesday, Sept. 27, through early Friday morning.

For Volusia County, the window for winds at speeds of 45-55 mph is from Wednesday afternoon until Friday afternoon, with potential wind speeds up to 74-110 mph.

Volusia County can expect between 8-12 inches, with some areas experiencing higher amounts.

Volusia County Emergency Management will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. today, Sept. 27, viewable on Facebook HERE and on YouTube HERE.

UPDATE: 12:15 P.M.:

The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Coastal Volusia and Inland Volusia.

UPDATE: 11:30 A.M.

Wind and tornado threat upgraded for Volusia, extensive rainfall and flooding likely


As of 11 a.m., category 3 Hurricane Ian, moving at 10 mph, is expected to strengthen to category 4 in the next couple of hours as the storm moves over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. 

The storm is expected to approach the west coast of Florida as an extremely dangerous major hurricane throughout Wednesday, while tropical storm conditions are expected to hit the east coast beginning early Wednesday.

For Volusia County, the window for winds at speeds of 45-55 mph is from Wednesday afternoon until Friday afternoon, with potential wind speeds up to 74-110 mph. 

“The wind threat has increased from the previous assessment,” the National Weather Service wrote in the official Volusia County local statement. “Plan for life-threatening wind of equivalent CAT 1 or 2 hurricane force … Remaining efforts to protect life and property should be urgently completed. Prepare for considerable wind damage.”

The potential for tornadoes has also increased, from “situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes,” to “situation is favorable for tornadoes.” Tornadoes are possible today through Wednesday, according to the NWS. 

Hurricane Ian is expected to slow tonight and Wednesday, dropping torrential amounts of rain. Volusia County can expect between 8-12 inches, with locally higher amounts, increasing the risk of flooding in low-lying areas and along the St. John’s River, as well as local creeks and streams.

UPDATE 9 P.M.: Local schools preparing to act as shelters, closed Wednesday, Thursday

All Volusia district public schools and district offices are close Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday Sept. 29. 

“All school activities, events, and programs scheduled for these days are canceled,” district officials wrote in a late night release Monday. “At this time, no decision has been made regarding school on Friday, Sept. 30.”

District employees should not come to work Sept. 29 or 30 unless directed to do so by a supervisor.

UPDATE 5:30 P.M. High winds, flooding, and possible storm surge remain threats in West Volusia


Note: The Beacon is reporting on Hurricane Ian with a focus on inland Volusia County.

Currently, major threats to Volusia County, both inland and coastal, are flooding. A flood watch is in effect for Volusia County, with peak rainfalls of upwards of 6 to 10 inches. 

Hurricane Ian is expected to strengthen overnight, and then slow down Wednesday afternoon to Thursday as it moves northward along the west coast of Florida, bringing potential storm surge and torrential downpour locally. 

West Volusia County is bracing for tropical storm winds of 35 to 45 mph with Ian, with gusts as high as 60 mph. At the utmost of the current projection is winds 58 to 73 mph.

As of 5 p.m., Hurricane Ian has maximum sustained winds of nearly 100 mph. The storm (currently moving at 13 mph) will approach the west coast of Florida on Wednesday into Thursday.

“Rivers and tributaries may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become dangerous rivers,” according to the latest NWS statement for Volusia County.

As of now, the “situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes.”

Visit for local emergency management information.

Next update at 8:30 p.m.


UPDATE 3 P.M.: SunRail Service Suspension

The Florida Department of Transportation is suspending SunRail service beginning Tuesday, Sept. 27.


Prepare for effects from Hurricane Ian late Tuesday night; Significant river flooding expected in central Florida as storm slows


As of the 2 p.m. National Weather Service update, Hurricane Ian is forecast to reach peak intensity in 36 hours over southeastern Gulf of Mexico before gradually weakening. However, the storm is expected to remain at or near major hurricane strength as it passes near the west-central coast of Florida Wednesday, Sept. 28 and Thursday, Sept. 29.

Tropical storm conditions are possible in west-central Florida by late Tuesday, and hurricane-force winds are possible Wednesday morning. 

According to Volusia County officials, the probability that tropical force winds will affect Volusia County has increased to 56 percent and hurricane force winds to 7 percent. Residents are warned that the storm is expected to be a significant rain event locally.

The forecasted track from the NWS now has Ian moving roughly parallel to the shore of the west coast of Florida. However, also forecast is a slower forward motion (Ian is currently moving north-northwest at nearly 13 mph), especially on Wednesday and Thursday, bringing prolonged storm surges and rainfall impacts. 

Central Florida will likely experience significant river flooding. 

Volusia County Emergency Management update:

As of Monday, Sept. 26, the county has not yet decided to open any shelters. If residents plan to stay in a shelter and have special needs, they are urged to register by calling 386-258-4088 or downloading a form from

Additionally, residents can call the Citizens Information Center at 866-345-0345 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, and Tuesday, Sept. 27. If needed, the center will be open additional days.

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UPDATED 11 a.m.

Hurricane Ian is expected to become a major hurricane tonight.



As of 11 a.m. today, Sept. 26, Ian is projected to emerge in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday and approach the west coast of Florida on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

There is uncertainty on the exact strength and track of Ian. But, the NWS warned Floridians to expect increasing coverage of showers and gusty squalls with heavy rain, along with a developing risk of tornadoes through mid to late week.

At around 8 a.m., Hurricane Ian was moving towards the northwest at around 14 mph. 

Hurricane-force winds currently extend 25 miles outward from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend up to 115 miles outward.

At the current forecast track, Ian should pass near the Cayman Islands today, and reach western Cuba tonight and early Tuesday morning.

Current maximum sustained winds are near 80 mph with higher gusts.

Rapid strengthening is expected in the next day or so.

The Florida Keys are expected to experience tropical storm conditions on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Tropical storm conditions are possible along the west coast of Florida by Tuesday evening, and hurricane conditions possible Wednesday.

Heavy rainfall is expected to hit Florida, with Central West Florida projected to receive between 8 to 10 inches, and in some localized areas, up to 15 inches.

Sandbag information


8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 191 Howland Blvd. (also known as Festival Park).

Residents must provide proof of residence and fill their own sandbags. 

Residents are asked to bring shovels to help expedite the sandbag filling and it is recommended to bring a helper – one to hold the bags and one to fill the bags.

Please note, there is a limit of 10 bags per household.

Orange City:

Orange City residents may pick up sandbags at the Waggin’ Trail Dog Park, 1201 South Leavitt Avenue, Orange City Florida, 32763:

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until sand or bags have run out.

Sand and bags will be provided. Residents must bring their own shovel and fill their own bags. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household. ID is required.


The City of DeLand has given out their entire supply of sandbags as of noon Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Volusia County / Unincorporated

The County of Volusia has exhausted the supply of sandbags at this time.


10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Public Works facility, 200 State Road 415, Osteen


The City of DeBary will distribute sandbags at City Hall, 16 Colomba Road. 

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

There is a limit of 10 bags per household, while supplies last. 

Proof of DeBary residency is required, i.e. driver’s license. Households ONLY, no commercial businesses. Residents will be responsible for bringing their own shovels and filling their own sandbags.

Lake Helen

Sandbags can be picked up at City Hall from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Sandbags can be filled at the equestrian center.

DeLand residents collecting sandbags from the Melching Field parking lot Sept. 26.

Waste pickup:

Volusia County 

Regular waste collection service for the unincorporated areas of Volusia County will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Collection hours have been modified to begin at 5:30 a.m. and will be complete by 5 p.m. 

Waste collection services for the unincorporated areas of Volusia County, normally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, and Friday, Sept. 30, will be canceled. Residents should not place waste receptacles or yard trash at the curb on these dates.

A makeup day for waste and recycling collection has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, weather permitting. The makeup day is only for those residents who missed collection on Thursday and Friday. 

Yard trash will NOT be picked up on the makeup day. Normal yard trash collection will resume on schedule next week. Residents are encouraged to check for the latest updates. 


Trash pick-up on Wednesday, September 28 will occur as scheduled and 𝙖𝙨 𝙡𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙨 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙤𝙬. 

Thursday and Friday pick-up is suspended. 

An announcement will be made when rescheduled and normal service will resume and when it is safe to do so.


​​At this time, Waste Pro WILL continue their regularly scheduled pickup today, Tuesday (9/27), and Wednesday (9/28). Waste Pro will NOT be picking up waste Friday (9/30).

In the event that this changes, DeBary residents are highly encouraged to follow the City of DeBary on Facebook and NextDoor. The city uses these outlets to update residents on the latest news.


With recent questions regarding trash, the city asks that all residents secure their trash and debris during the tropical storm/hurricane. Once the storm passes, you may contact the Solid Waste Division at 386-878-8573 for an estimated pick-up time. 

The trash pick up on September 27, will be operating as normally scheduled.


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