Daytona Beach, FL – Hurricane Dorian crawls slowly to the west as shelters plan to open across Volusia and Flagler County.
As of 5 a.m., the advisory from the National Hurricane Center says Dorian is moving even slower at 1 mph as it continues to provide strong storm impacts to the Bahamas.
Maximum sustained winds have slowed down to 165 mph with higher gusts hitting around 200 mph. A slow westward to west-northwestward motion is forecast during the next day or so, followed by a gradual turn toward the northwest and north.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles.
On this track, the core of Dorian will continue to pound Grand Bahama Island through much of today and tonight. The hurricane will move dangerously close to the Florida east coast tonight through Wednesday evening.
Volusia and Flagler County will also issue mandatory evacuations sometime today for low-lying areas, flood zones, mobile home and RV parks, campgrounds, nursing facilities and beachside areas.
If residents have a place to go that’s outside of Volusia and Flagler, they do not have to wait for the order to be issued to leave. Curfews are also expected to go into effect beginning tomorrow.
The Flagler County inmate work crew will be available to fill sandbags on Monday at the FTI building on A1A in the Hammock as well as Santa Maria Del Mar Catholic Church in Flagler Beach. They will be available from 9:30 AM until 3:00 PM as long as the weather permits and as long as there are supplies of sand and sandbags.