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Video: Warning Message From Sheriff Chitwood In Advance Of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Nicole

Date Added: November 08, 2022 5:49 pm

Andrew Gant
Office of Public Affairs & Media Relations


TAKE THIS STORM SERIOUSLY. If you were flooded during Ian, expect flooding from Nicole. We have our high-water rescue crews ready to go, but as we saw a few weeks ago, we can't get to everyone at the same time.

After the damage Ian caused, there are structures on the beachside that are in imminent danger of collapse. Stay away from the beach!

A mandatory evacuation order is going into effect Wednesday morning for the most high-risk homes and businesses, and a countywide curfew will be in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday. See more info below.

Be smart, get prepared, and don't let yourself fall into complacency. We'll get through this like we always do, but you need to think safety first.

-Sheriff Mike Chitwood

*TUESDAY UPDATE* from Volusia County Emergency Management

Tropical Storm Nicole will bring strong tropical force winds and the potential for hurricane force gusts to Volusia County beginning Wednesday afternoon and lasting through 8 p.m. Thursday. This massive storm poses a significant threat for dangerous storm surge, heavy rainfall, and damaging winds and gusts.

Water levels could rise by 3 to 5 feet above normal tide levels, and the area could receive 4 to 6 inches of rain with up to 8 inches in some areas, especially along the coast. All parts of the county are expected to receive 45-60 mph sustained winds along with hurricane strength gusts.

Coastal Volusia County is under a hurricane warning, while inland portions of the county are under a tropical storm warning.

“Tropical Storm Nicole poses a direct threat to property and life,” said County Manager George Recktenwald. “Our infrastructure, especially along the coastline, is extremely vulnerable because of Hurricane Ian’s impacts. We expect further erosion along the beach, along with flooding in areas that were previously flooded by Ian. Residents need to take this storm seriously.”

A river flood warning is in effect for the St. Johns River from Geneva to Astor.

Residents should make their final preparations tonight.

Mandatory evacuation order

Volusia County has issued a mandatory evacuation order beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday for all residences and businesses that are:

East of the Intracoastal Waterway

All manufactured and mobile home dwellers east of Interstate 95

All low-lying areas and other areas prone to flooding

All campsites and RV recreational parks

Evacuees are encouraged to stay with family, friends or an inland hotel and must complete their evacuation by 4 p.m. Wednesday because conditions will begin to deteriorate significantly.


Volusia County Schools and Volusia County Government will open four shelters at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9.

General population shelters will be opened at:

Creekside Middle School, 6801 Airport Road, Port Orange

University High School, 1000 W. Rhode Island Ave., Orange City

Special needs shelters will be opened at:

Heritage Middle School, 1001 Parnell Court, Deltona

David C. Hinson Middle School, 1860 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach

All four shelters will accept pets. Those staying at a shelter with their pets must bring necessary pet items and supplies.

Additional shelters will be opened if necessary.

Shelters should be used only as a last resort because they do not provide luxury accommodations.

Evacuees may need to stay at a shelter for 24 to 72 hours. Since space is limited, evacuees should bring only essential items. Eat a meal before leaving for a shelter and avoid bringing valuables. Shelters are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Necessary items include:

Special dietary food, snacks or comfort food, water or other non-alcoholic beverages

Bedding, including a pillow, blanket and a comfortable beach chair and sleeping pad

Ear plugs

Extra clothing

Medications and medical supplies

Oxygen supplies

Toiletry items

Flashlight and batteries

Diapers, infant and elderly/disabled necessities

Time occupiers such as books, magazines, games or cards

Special needs shelters

Hospitals are not shelters.

Special needs shelters are for medical patients. They are not for isolation patients or people who need 24-hour dedicated care, a hospital bed, ventilator and other complex care. These individuals should discuss other shelter arrangements with their physician or home health service provider or caregiver.

Only one caregiver will be admitted for each patient.

Homeless shelters

Homeless shelters will open Wednesday at these locations:

The Bridge, 421 S. Palmetto Ave., DeLand

First Step Shelter, 3889 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach (individuals must first report to Halifax Urban Ministries, 340 N. St., Daytona Beach, for transportation to the First Step Shelter)


The Volusia County Council has issued an emergency countywide curfew to protect and safeguard the health, safety and welfare of Volusia County residents and visitors. The curfew will be in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday.

The curfew does not apply to:

Regular members of law enforcement bodies

Regular employees of business, industries or government entities while traveling from their jobs

All emergency workers

Any person who knowingly violates this ordinance shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine of up to $500 and/or imprisonment in the county jail for up to 60 days.


Bridges that cross the Intracoastal Waterway will be closed to eastbound traffic when sustained winds reach 39 mph. When the curfew begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the bridges will be closed in both directions.

Beach safety

According to Beach Safety Director Andy Ethridge, the coast is already experiencing extremely large, powerful waves that will lead to dangerous rip currents. He urges people to stay off the beach and out of the water.

County offices

County of Volusia offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 10, and will remain closed on Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

Volusia Sheriff's Office administrative and clerical offices will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 9, and Thursday, Nov. 10, and remain closed Friday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

Volusia County Schools

Volusia County Schools will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 9, and Thursday, Nov. 10.

Emergency Operations Center

Volusia County’s Emergency Operations Center is partially activated today and will move to full activation on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Citizens Information Center

Residents can call the Citizens Information Center at 866-345-0345 for updated information.

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