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

Hurricane watch issued for parts of Florida's east coast

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The city of Palm Coast has closed its sandbag sites. Flagler County still has some open.
by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

As Category 5 Hurricane Dorian batters the northwestern Bahamas, becoming its strongest hurricane in modern records, a hurricane watch has been issued for Florida's east coast from north of Deerfield Beach to the Volusia/Brevard County line.

Dorian's maximum sustained winds have increased to near 180 mph, the 11 a.m. National Hurricane Center advisory states. It is moving slower than yesterday 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.

Dorian has grown larger in size, and 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 states. 

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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