'Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days,' reported the National Hurricane Center.
Hurricane Dorian continues to shift northeast, as shown in the latest advisory by the National Hurricane Center, which said a hurricane watch may be required for portions of Florida's east coast later today, Saturday.
Dorian is a category 4 storm with a defined eye, moving westward at about 8 mph. Based on its current track, the NHC predicts the hurricane's core should move over the Atlantic well north of the southeastern and central Bahamas today, be near or over the northwestern Bahamas on Sunday and reach Florida's east coast late Monday through Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 150 mph with higher gusts, data from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Air Force Hurricane Hunter planes show.
"Some fluctuations in intensity are likely, but Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days," the 11 a.m. Saturday advisory states.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the hurricane's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles, the advisory continues. Coastal sections of the southeast U.S. can expect to see 4 to 8 inches, and in some isolated areas up to 12 inches, of rain this weekend into the middle of next week. Swells will begin to affect the state's east coast during the next few days.
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.
Port Orange call center open
The call center is now open for Port Orange residents from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for any questions about city services, times and locations of sand bags, or other hurricane related questions. Call 506-5999
Sandbags for Palm Coast
The city of Palm Coast has an updated list of locations for sand and sandbags available for residents for Saturday, Aug. 31. Palm Coast sand stations are self-serve. Residents should bring their own shovels and be prepared to fill the bags. There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household.
The following locations have sand and sandbags at these self-service sand stations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
- Indian Trails Sports Complex, 5455 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast
- Seminole Woods Neighborhood Park, 350 Sesame Blvd., Palm Coast
- Palm Coast Public Works Yard, 1 Wellfield Grade, off U.S. 1 just north of Palm Coast Parkway, Palm Coast.
- Holland Park, 18 Florida Park Drive North, Palm Coast
Today is the last day for sand and sandbags in the city. Call Palm Coast Customer Service at 986-2360.