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Port Orange Observer Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 5 months ago

Dorian's shift good for Florida, Volusia officials urge residents to remain vigilant

Mandatory evacuations for beachside, RV parks and low-lying areas have been pushed back to possibly take place on Monday.
by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Though people should continue to prepare and monitor Hurricane Dorian, its shift east is good news for Florida, said Volusia County Emergency Management Director Jim Judge at a news conference on Saturday, Aug. 31.

“However, we are by no means out of harms way," Judge said. 

Dorian is currently a category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds, and is moving west at 8 mph. Volusia residents should expect 40-50 mph tropical-storm-force winds for 8-12 hours, and could receive gusts from 55-60 mph, Judge said. The county is anticipating 4-8 inches of rain, with about 6-8 inches on the coast, and up to a possible 10-12 inches in low-lying areas. 

The storm is still three days out though.

“It’s a slow moving storm," County Manager George Recktenwald said. "It’s days away, so there’s a lot of opportunity for it to shift paths.”

Mandatory evacuations of the beachside, RV and mobile home parks, as well as low-lying areas, have been pushed back to possibly take place on Monday. Shelters will also open at 10 a.m. Monday, and Votran will provide free transportation. 

Beach access and ramps will remain open until Sunday. Volusia Schools will close on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Additional school closings will be announced, if necessary, on Monday afternoon.

Ormond Beach sandbags

Staff and limited sandbag supplies are available daily between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 at the Nova Community Center, 440 N. Nova Road, and the Ormond Beach Sports Complex, 700 Hull Road (next to ball field five.) Sand will remain after-hours until sundown in both locations, but residents should bring their own shovels and sandbags during non-staffed hours.

Port Orange sandbags

Sand and bags are available until gone at the following sites:

  • Southwinds Soccer Complex, 1200 Richel Drive
  • Spruce Creek Road Park, 481 Central Park Blvd. (by the ball
  • fields)
  • Coraci Park, 5200 Coraci Blvd.
  • Airport Road Park, 6751 Airport Road)

Residents need to show proof of residency and can fill their own bags or city supplied bags. Residents should bring a shovel. If residents bring their own bags, please make sure they are small trash bags and are double bagged. There is a limit of 10 bags per household.

Unincorporated Volusia sandbags 

Residents living in the unincorporated areas of Volusia County can obtain sand and bags at the following locations today, Aug. 31, beginning at noon. Residents should bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill their own bags. 

  • Volusia County Corrections facility, 1354 Indian Lake Road, Daytona Beach
  • Oak Hill Fire Station, 213 N. U.S. 1, Oak Hill
  • Volusia County Road and Bridge, 200 N. State Road 415, Osteen
  • Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 E. State Road 44, DeLand
  • Hiles Boulevard Off-Beach Parking Lot, 4516 S. Atlantic Ave., New Smyrna Beach
  • Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park, 1800 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond-by-the-Sea

Volusia shelters


  • TD Taylor Middle/High, 100 E. Washington Ave, Pierson
  • DeLand High, 800 N Hill Rd, DeLand
  • University High School, 1000 W Rhode Island Ave, Orange City
  • ​Mainland High School, 1255 W. Intl Speedway Blvd, Daytona Beach
  • Sweetwater Elementary, 5800 Victoria Gardens Blvd, Port Orange

Special Needs Shelter – Assists evacuees with disabilities or functional medical needs. This is a Pet Friendly shelter for Special Needs persons only. Evacuees and their service animals will remain in the same location.

  • Atlantic High, 1250 Reed Canal Rd, Port Orange
  • Creekside Middle, 6801 Airport Rd, Port Orange
  • Freedom Elementary, 1395 S. Blue Lake Avenue, DeLand
  • Galaxy Middle, 2400 Eustace Ave, Deltona
  • ​Palm Terrace Elementary, 1825 Dunn Avenue, Daytona Beach
  • Pride Elementary, 1100 Learning Lane, Deltona

Pet Friendly – People and pets are housed in separate locations at the shelter

  • Hinson Middle,1860 N. Clyde Morris Blvd, Daytona Beach
  • Pine Ridge High, 925 Howland Blvd, Deltona
  • River Springs Middle, 900 West Ohio Ave, Orange City

People & Pet Shelter - (People and pets are house in the same location – Fairgrounds only)

  • ​Volusia County Fairgrounds, 3150 W. State Rd 44, DeLand

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