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    Weather Updates - Tropical Storm Nicole

    Latest Updates - Tropical Storm Nicole
    Published Nov 16th @12:06pm

    The New Smyrna Beach area is bouncing back from Tropical Storm Nicole, which landed on Thursday, November 10th.

    • If you have an upcoming reservation, please call your property ahead of time to ensure there have been no changes to your vacation plans.
    • Some businesses and coastal areas were damaged, and the community has been working diligently to clean up and fully reopen. Thankfully, many businesses and residences were not affected at all by the storm. We wish everyone strength and support during this time. 💙

    For our local business partners and residents, please know that many resources are available locally or through FloridaDisaster.org

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    Published Nov 9th @11:06am

    Volusia County update on unincorporated solid waste, recycling, yard collection, Votran services, and other closuresRead more here.

    A note from the Visit New Smyrna Beach team:
    New Smyrna Beach Area Visitors Bureau is continually monitoring Tropical Storm Nicole.
    This storm will bring strong tropical-force winds and the potential for hurricane-force gusts to Volusia County beginning Wednesday afternoon and lasting through 8 p.m. Thursday. This massive storm poses a significant threat to dangerous storm surges, heavy rainfall, and damaging winds and gusts.

    Water levels could rise by 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels, and the area could receive 4 to 6 inches of rain, with up to 8 inches in some areas, especially along the coast. All parts of the county are expected to receive 45-60 mph sustained winds along with hurricane-strength gusts.

    Coastal Volusia County is under a hurricane warning, while inland portions are under a tropical storm warning.

    Residents should make their final preparations tonight.

    Mandatory evacuation order
    Volusia County has issued a mandatory evacuation order beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday for all residences and businesses that are:

    • East of the Intracoastal Waterway
    • All manufactured and mobile home dwellers east of Interstate 95
    • All low-lying areas and other areas prone to flooding
    • All campsites and RV recreational parks

    Evacuees are encouraged to stay with family, friends or an inland hotel and must complete their evacuation by 4 p.m. Wednesday because conditions will begin to deteriorate significantly.

    Volusia County Schools and Volusia County Government will open four shelters at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9.

    General population shelters will be opened at:

    • Creekside Middle School, 6801 Airport Road, Port Orange
    • University High School, 1000 W. Rhode Island Ave., Orange City

    Special needs shelters will be opened at:

    • Heritage Middle School, 1001 Parnell Court, Deltona
    • David C. Hinson Middle School, 1860 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach

    All four shelters will accept pets. Those staying at a shelter with their pets must bring necessary pet items and supplies.

    Shelters should be used only as a last resort because they do not provide luxury accommodations.

    Evacuees may need to stay at a shelter for 24 to 72 hours. Since space is limited, evacuees should bring only essential items. Eat a meal before leaving for a shelter and avoid bringing valuables. Shelters are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

    Necessary items include:

    • Special dietary food, snacks or comfort food, water, or other non-alcoholic beverages
    • Bedding, including a pillow, blanket, and a comfortable beach chair and sleeping pad
    • Ear plugs
    • Extra clothing
    • Medications and medical supplies
    • Oxygen supplies
    • Toiletry items
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • Diapers, infant and elderly/disabled necessities
    • Time occupiers such as books, magazines, games or cards

    Special needs shelters
    Hospitals are not shelters.

    Special needs shelters are for medical patients. They are not for isolated patients or people who need 24-hour dedicated care, a hospital bed, a ventilator, and other complex care. These individuals should discuss other shelter arrangements with their physician or home health service provider or caregiver.
    Only one caregiver will be admitted for each patient.

    Homeless shelters
    Homeless shelters will open Wednesday at these locations:

    • The Bridge, 421 S. Palmetto Ave., DeLand
    • First Step Shelter, 3889 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach (individuals must first report to Halifax Urban Ministries, 340 N. St., Daytona Beach, for transportation to the First Step Shelter)

    The Volusia County Council has issued an emergency countywide curfew to protect and safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of Volusia County residents and visitors. The curfew will be in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday.
    The curfew does not apply to:

    • Regular members of law enforcement bodies
    • Regular employees of businesses, industries, or government entities while traveling from their jobs
    • All emergency workers

    Any person who knowingly violates this ordinance shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of up to $500 and/or imprisonment in the county jail for up to 60 days.

    Bridges that cross the Intracoastal Waterway will be closed to eastbound traffic when sustained winds reach 39 mph. When the curfew begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the bridges will be closed in both directions.

    Volusia County residents and visitors are encouraged to follow Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter @VCEmergencyInfo and download the county's emergency preparedness app. Storm information is posted to www.volusia.org/pin.

    For the latest tropics update, visit The National Hurricane Center (NHC) website.
    For current local weather information (including the potential for severe weather) visit the National Weather Service Melbourne Florida website.

    Please let us know if we may be of assistance. We will also continue to share updates from Volusia County Emergency Management.

    Please stay safe! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.