Storm has minor impact on area

Tropical Storm Isaias had little impact on the beaches in Volusia County last weekend.

Tropical Storm Isaias passed the coast early Monday morning on its trek to the north, having minor impact on the Volusia County and surrounding areas. As of late Monday morning, there were no reports of any major damage or power outages, according to the Volusia County government.

“We had a plan in place, and it worked. We don’t want to be in any storms in the future, but we will be prepared,” said Ed Kelly, Volusia County chair.

Commented Jim Judge, Volusia’s Emergency Management director: “We were prepared. We had staff on hand. We had our emergency center set up and did a lot virtually. We had a lot of calls mostly about oxygen tank concerns and you can hook them up to generators. We opened up shelters but didn’t really have a need for them.’’

According to a county statement, officials received notice shortly after 5 a.m. Monday that all remaining tropical warnings over land had been discontinued for the area.

As the storm’s intensity dissipated, the potential for beach erosion remained a concern. But the erosion was extremely minimal, with only one dune walkover at Sheepshead Avenue in New Smyrna Beach closed for repair. One restroom on the beach was out of order and a gate at a vehicle access ramp on the beach sustained minor damage.

Reported power outages in the area from the storm had been repaired by Monday morning.



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