No major damage reported as Dorian skirts past the area.
BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Although the area dodged a disaster, local officials were urging residents Wednesday to remain cautious as Hurricane Dorian moved on up the east coast.
Dorian mainly stayed offshore with the eye of the storm 100 miles offshore and only bringing tropical storm conditions.
Some may call it a practice run for future storms as only minor damage was reported.
Most of the damage was reported on the beachside as the coastline took most of the brunt of the storm.
Local officials were vigilant though Tuesday night as the storm edged Daytona Beach.
‘We did well’
Daytona Beach Zone 3 City Commissioner Quanita May was the only elected city leader who spent Tuesday night in the Emergency Operations Center at the Daytona Beach Police Department headquarters monitoring the storm.
May told the Daytona Times that she also rode with Daytona Beach Police Chief Craig Capri to access the damage early Wednesday morning.
“All looks good in all areas. Any potential drainage issues were cleaned up through the night. Water did not overflow the river at City Island. There were minor power outages. We did well as a city. Bridges are also open,” she said during her tour of the area with the chief.
‘Dodged a missile’
Daytona’s Black community also looked good as there was no major flooding, minor debris and minor power outages.
“Campbell area looks good, no water,’’ May added, noting that other main streets were free of damage.
Volusia County Emergency Management Services held its final press conference on Hurricane Dorian at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
The county reported minor damage, minor debris and minor power outages.
“To say we dodged a bullet is an understatement. We dodged a missile,” said County Manager George Recktenwald.
Most of the power outages were reported from New Smyrna Beach to Port Orange.
“All power should be restored by the end of the day,” Recktenwald noted.
Warning about scams
Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood urged residents to watch out for scams. There two reports of elderly people being scammed out of tens of thousands of dollars. The incidents included tree trimming and a phone tap.
Chitwood stressed, “Be aware of scammers out here trying to prey on people due to the storm. If someone knocks on your door claiming to be a city, county or utilities worker wanting to charge you for a service, call the police. If they’re legit, they won’t mind. If they are not, they will run.”
List of reopenings
As of Daytona Times Wednesday night deadline, the following announcements were made:
- All City of Daytona Beach parks, offices and services were to reopen Thursday, Sept. 5.
- All county offices were scheduled to reopen on Thursday, Sept. 5.
- All county libraries were set to reopen Sept. 5 except for the Edgewater Library.
- The Daytona Beach International Airport reopened Thursday morning.
- All bridges are open.
- All shelters were closed.
- Public schools in Flagler and Volusia were to reopen on Friday.
- All county parks were to reopen Thursday except Spruce Creek park in Port Orange and Pathways in Edgewater. Both are closed due to debris and will reopen Saturday, Sept. 7.
- All mandatory curfews were lifted as of 4 p.m. Wednesday.
- Votran has resume normal operations.
- The landfill reopened on Thursday.
- The Ocean Center reopened Thursday.
- Most garbage pickup resumed on Thursday.
- Bethune-Cookman was to reopen on Sept. 8.
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University reopens Sept. 8 at 8 a.m. with classes resuming Monday Sept. 9.
- Stetson University in DeLand reopened Thursday at 2 p.m. with classes resuming on Friday.
- Daytona State College campuses were scheduled to reopen on Sept. 6.