Like all hurricanes, Ian is a lopsided storm, with one side that extends further from the eye. As Ian continues its counterclockwise rotation, this longer section will continue to pass over Volusia County Thursday and into Friday, and its strong spiraling rain bands can come with gusts of wind around 40 mph and up to 70 mph.
Because one side of Ian does not extend as far, as the storm moves away from Volusia there will be brief moments where the weather appears to have improved.
Do not attempt to pick up yard debris at this time, as the calmer weather is fleeting.
Ian has expanded, and tropical-force winds now extend up to 445 miles from the center.
Additionally, a tornado or two remains possible over Volusia and northern Brevard counties, although the threat will decrease throughout the day as Ian moves further offshore.
Cities across the county report water problems
Power outages and other storm-related problems with water systems were reported across West Volusia Sept. 29.
Around 12:30 p.m. Sept. 29 the City of Deltona reported a water main on West Portillo Drive broke. The road is not closed as of 1 p.m., but the city will install signs if the road needs to be shut down for maintenance.
In Orange City, the city is asking residents to limit water usage to help avoid the risk of overflowing the sewer system.
“During heavy rain events and/or power outages, we recommend customers limit laundry, showering, dishwashing, flushing, and other activities that contribute to sewer flows,” the city said in a social media post. “Water should only be used for essential functions.”
In Pierson, homes and businesses began to lose electricity not long after Ian’s effects were felt Sept. 28. Around 3 a.m. Sept. 29, the generator powering the city’s water well ran out of power, and the town is in the process of getting a new generator to get the water system back up and running.
Meanwhile, as Ian continues to pass by Volusia County, flood advisories remain in place.
According to the National Hurricane Center, “Between 10 and 15 inches of rain have fallen, with localized totals up to 20 inches in Volusia County.”
Many roads closed, people urged to stay sheltered
Dangerous weather conditions have forced roads across Volusia County to close. While people are strongly urged to stay inside and off the roads, here are roads to avoid if you have to go out.
Volusia County’s curfew has been extended through 7 a.m. tomorrow, Sept. 30.