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Port Orange Observer Sunday, Sep. 1, 2019 3 weeks ago

Dorian's wind speeds reach 185 mph, hurricane conditions expected by late Monday or Tuesday

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The city of Palm Coast has closed its sandbag sites. Flagler County still has some open.
by: Ray Boone Sports Editor

Category 5 Hurricane Dorian has reached maximum sustained winds of nearly 185 mph and is currently pounding Great Abaco and other islands in the Bahamas.

The storm, one of the strongest hurricanes in modern records, is moving toward the west at about 5 mph. A slower westward to west-northwestward motion should continue for the next day or two, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest.

The hurricane will move dangerously close to Florida's east coast late Monday, Sept. 2, through the night of Tuesday, Sept. 3.

"Some fluctuations in intensity are likely, and Dorian is expected to remain a catastrophic hurricane during the next few days," the 5 p.m. advisory states.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.

Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning area in Florida by late Monday or Tuesday. Tropical storm conditions are expected within the tropical storm warning area on Monday and Tuesday and are possible in the tropical storm watch area by Monday night.

A life-threatening storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 18 to 23 feet above normal tide levels in areas of onshore winds on the Abaco Islands and Grand Bahama Island. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves. The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline. The water could reach 4 to 7 feet in Flagler and Volusia counties.

Palm Coast sandbags

City sandbag and sand sites have closed. City crews gave the leftover supplies to Flagler County.

In Flagler County, here are the sandbag sites open for Sunday, Sept. 1 as supplies allow.

Malacompra South Beach Parking Lot, on Malacompra Road

Old Jail Site at Utility St and Old Moody Blvd.

Hidden Trails Community Center

Flagler County's Hurricane Call Center is operating 24/7 and can be reached at 386-586-5111.

Ormond Beach sandbags 

Ormond Beach will make self-serve sand available to as many residents as possible from sunrise to sunset Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the following locations:

Nova Community Center Site: 440 N. Nova Road

Ormond Beach Sports Complex, next to ball field 5: 700 Hull Road

Limited staff will be available to help with shovels and bags from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. on all days. Sand will remain after 2:30 p.m. but residents should bring their own shovels and bags at that time.

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

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