UPDATE (9:41 PM): Ormond Beach confirms that the Granada Bridge is now closed.
Daytona Beach, FL – Much of the east coast of Florida is feeling some of the effects of Hurricane Dorian now.
The National Hurricane Center says Dorian is moving slightly faster at 6 mph on a northwest north-northwest track up the east coast of the Florida peninsula. Maximum sustained winds in the center of the storm are hitting 110 mph with higher gusts closer to 130 mph.
While Dorian is a weaker hurricane it is a larger hurricane now. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 175 miles. A NOAA buoy just north of the center recently reported a sustained wind of 67 mph and a wind gust of 83 mph.
A slightly faster motion toward the northwest or north-northwest is expected tonight. A turn toward the north is forecast by tomorrow evening, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast Thursday morning. On this track, the core of Hurricane Dorian will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast and the Georgia coast tonight through tomorrow night. The center of Dorian is forecast to move near or over the coast of South Carolina and North Carolina Thursday through Friday morning.
Bridges are also closed now in New Smyrna Beach and Port Orange, that being the North and South Causeways and the Dunlawton Bridge. There is no confirmation yet that Granada or the International Speedway Boulevard bridges are closed yet but they are expected to be closed soon.
Bridges will reopen once inspected by the Florida Department of Transportation.
News Daytona Beach will monitor the tropics and provide updates as soon as possible when they’re available.
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