Dorian Still Crawling West, Flagler Stalls Evacuations

By on August 31, 2019 in Weather Updates
(National Hurricane Center)

Daytona Beach, FL – Hurricane Dorian continues on a slow path towards the Bahamas and Florida. And while the forecast track moves farther off the coast of Florida, one county delays their evacuations.

The National Hurricane Center says that Dorian continues to move west at around 8 mph with maximum sustained winds hitting 150 mph with higher gusts.

Since the first advisories from today, the track continues to shift east and away from the Florida peninsula and off into the Atlantic. Most of west Florida, including Tampa, isn’t even included in the current models.

And, with the change in the track, Flagler County announced that they’re postponing evacuations until Monday.

“The picture is looking better, but we don’t want people to let down their guard,” said Flagler County Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord. “We are continuing to prepare as though we are going to need to call for evacuations at some point but we don’t know exactly what that window is.”

Flagler County will announce evacuations and shelter information with enough advance notice for residents to transition from their homes and into shelters.

In the meantime, even though the track continues to shift, residents should watch the forecasts and keep an eye on any other changes that may come. Plans should remain in place and people should stay prepared.

News Daytona Beach will monitor the tropics and provide updates as soon as possible when they’re available.

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