Hurricane Dorian is currently battering the Bahamas at a category 5 strength.
Volusia County has issued an emergency curfew for cities and unincorporated areas east of the Halifax River from 6 p.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday.
According to Volusia County Chair Ed Kelley, the curfew is being implemented to protect and safeguard the health, safety and welfare of the people of Volusia County, a press release stated.
Dorian strengthened into a Category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds reaching nearly 185 mph, the 2 p.m. National Hurricane Center advisory stated. It is moving at 7 mph, and its westward movement should continue for the next couple of days, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest. Dorian should move closer to Florida late Monday through Tuesday night.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from its center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles, the advisory stated. Mandatory evacuations for the beachside, low-lying areas and RV and mobile home parks will be issued starting tomorrow, Monday, at 10 a.m. Shelters will also be opening at that time. Schools are closed from Tuesday-Thursday. Bridges will close once winds hit 39 mph.