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Check back here as we get in developments on Dorian:
5:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2019:
While parts of Florida’s east coast are trying to dry off, Brendan Galbreath is somewhat in shock. He’s the owner of "Aunt Catfish’s on the River" in Port Orange, a restaurant which has been forced to close several times over the years because of damage caused by hurricanes.
His restaurant had to get a new dock because Irma destroyed his old one in 2017. The carpets of the restaurant also had to be tossed because of severe water damage.
About a 100 yards form the restaurant boat docks were completely under water Tuesday night. But less than 24 hours after Dorian, parts of Halifax Drive are still flooded. The one that didn’t flood, for the first time, is Aunt Catfish’s.
“Location, Location, Location," Galbreath said. "Especially when it comes to business, we could never move, the hurricane would have to take us out to move.”
He said Aunt Catfish's will be open again Thursday at 11:30 a.m. — Asher Wildman, Spectrum News
2:48 p.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2019:
Flagler County's sheriff says the evacuation and curfew orders have been lifted for the county, but weather may still be poor, so drive carefully and stay off the beach.
2:10 p.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2019:
Most Central Florida schools will re-open Thursday, including public schools and colleges and universities.
Seminole State College is the latest to announce it is resuming classes Thursday.
8:38 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2019:
The Orlando International Airport announced Wednesday morning that it will resume commercial operations at noon on Wednesday.
"The early-morning decision was made after airport management consulted the National Weather Service (NWS) about prospective wind and weather conditions," the airport stated in a news release.
7:58 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2019:
A river-flood warning remains in effect for St. Johns River at Astor.
"When moderate flooding occurs, water may cover yards and encroach on low lying homes near the river," stated Lake County officials in a news release.
7:31 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2019:
The Granada Bridge is reopened, stated the city of Ormond Beach.
The Granada Bridge has been re-opened and traffic has resumed in both directions. pic.twitter.com/u3wLpBHHcZ— City of Ormond Beach (@ormondbeach) September 4, 2019
6:35 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2019:
And officials have closed the International Speedway Boulevard Causeway again.
6:27 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2019:
The International Speedway Boulevard Causeway has reopened.
4:42 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2019:
Waves from Hurricane Dorian continue to pound the shore along the Halifax River in Daytona Beach.
All of the causeways over to the barrier island are shutdown.
Only escorted power trucks could be seen crossing the International Speedway Boulevard bridge.
Volusia County Emergency Management stated when wind speeds reach a sustained 39 miles per hour, they shut down the causeways.
The Florida Department of Transportation will have to inspect those bridges before they're allowed to reopen.
Blue flashes could be seen in the distance, indicating a blown transformer, but so far most lights in downtown Daytona Beach appear to be on.
— Jerry Hume, Spectrum News
1:20 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2019:
A flood advisory is in effect for Volusia, Lake and Orange counties until 3 a.m. The storm is now east of Edgewater.
11:44 p.m., Tuesday, September 3, 2019:
Several reports of trees down in Volusia County as rain bands from Dorian lash the county.
In Daytona Beach a tree crashed into an apartment building on South Clyde Morris Boulevard at the Osprey Landing apartments.
Everyone is OK. A woman in the apartment says she heard the tree cracking, and then it broke through her porch screen.
A nother tree fell on a house in DeLand.
FPL reports more than 1,900 people without power in Flagler County. Our Spectrum News team there is without power in their hotel.
The Granada Bridge in Ormond Beach has closed due to high winds from Hurricane Dorian. Officials say it will repoen once conditions are safe.
The Abaco Islands have been devastated by the slow-moving Hurricane Dorian, and people already making plans to step in and help. According to Air Mobile Ministries, they are planning on bringing water purification systems to Abaco.
Joe Hurston said him and his team drove to Tennessee to go pick up a Cessna Caravan. As soon as it's safe to fly, they will be dropping off medical supplies to Haiti, then heading to the Abaco Islands. He says they can also help do medical evacuations if necessary.
The nonprofit is asking for public donations to help fund the water purifiers, because each one costs $2,500 but lasts more than 14 years.
— Krystel Knowles, Spectrum News
Brevard County now reports 3,291 power outages related to Dorian.
Power outage reports continue to come in from utility companies. FPL reports over 9,000 customers without power in the state. Some 2,998 are in Brevard County, while 3,681 customers are out in Volusia County.
Duke energy reports almost 2,000 people without power in Volusia, Seminole and Orange counties. Outage reports so far are scattered.
Prime Minister of the Bahamas Hubert Minnis said in a news conference that the Hurricane Dorian death toll has risen to seven people, and that he expects that number to rise.
Minnis said the deaths involved two people who were injured earlier and taken to New Providence Island.
The Dunlawton Bridge in Volusia County has closed because wind speeds have reached 39 mph, according to Daytona Beach Shores Police. Dunlawton Avenue is a major evacuation route from the beach side.
Also, Ormond Beach has imposed a curfew from now until 6 a.m. Wednesday. There will also be a curfew from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday. The curfew affects the beachside, and police will be stationed to enforce it.
The Brevard County Emergency Management reports 690 power outages in the county, affecting about 315,400 customers.
Indialantic Police say a 68-year-old man died Sunday when he fell from a third-story balcony while performing hurricane prep at a condominium in Indialantic. David Bradley of The Wavecrester condos on South Miramar Avenue was standing on a small ladder just after 4 p.m., trying to install plywood on his windows, when he lost his balance and fell through a screen enclosure, police said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Because of an improved forecast track for Florida, Osceola County has lifted a curfew that was supposed to go in place at 11 p.m. The school district will remain closed Wednesday.
Orange County Public Schools will reopen Thursday. Varsity football will move from Friday night to Monday.
Some outer bands of Hurricane Dorian began moving through Seminole County on Tuesday, bringing gusty winds and rain at times. Seminole County Emergency Managers say almost 200 people have sought shelter in the county’s seven evacuation shelters as part of a voluntary evacuation. Officials report a few power outages in the Oviedo and Sanford areas so far, but they say most of those have already been restored.
There’s no curfew or mandatory evacuations in place in Seminole County. County leaders say they expect the worst conditions between about 11 p.m. Tuesday and 5 a.m. Wednesday. Emergency managers are keeping a close eye on water levels along the St. Johns River, where some areas are nearing flood stage. A flood warning is in effect through the weekend for certain areas of the St. Johns River.
At the Volusia County Sheriff's Office Operations Center, massive high-water rescue vehicles were being prepped in case they're needed, whether in Daytona Beach or Ormond Beach.
"If there are 5 or 6 feet (of water) and people can't get out and are trapped inside their homes or condos or apartments, we would deploy teams that can drive in there and get them and their pets to dry land," Sheriff Mike Chitwood says.
A curfew is in place from the Halifax River east starting at 6 p.m.
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