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Hurricane Dorian: 10,000 Without Power; Airports, Schools and Roads Reopening

Hurricane Dorian vis NOAA satellite imagery.

As Hurricane Dorian churns out of Central Florida’s life, life is getting back to normal. 

This post will be updated during the day with information as it comes out.

Evacuations & Roads

Brevard County lifted its evacuation orders Wednesday morning. The county said it is now working to consolidate shelters and urges residents to use caution when driving on roads.

In Volusia County, all bridges were opened at 10 a.m. this morning. All shelters have been shut down.

Power Outages

Even though Florida has avoided a direct hit, thousands of residents and businesses lost power across the state and some are still in the dark. The State of Florida reports more than 10,000 customers still without power across the state at last check.

The highest current totals are along Central Florida’s east coast: Volusia county saw an increase in outages from this morning, with  4,177 households now without power. Brevard County has 1,990 outages, Flagler has 920 customers and Saint Johns has 1,441 customers waiting for power to be restored.

Inland counties are seeing fewer outages – at last count, Orange has 350 and Seminole has 112. Osceola County has just one household without power.

While crews are working to restore power, the Orlando Sentinel reports many of Florida’s power companies released the extra workers they called in from other states when it appeared Florida would receive a direct hit from Dorian.

Bridges to the barrier islands were closed overnight as wind speeds picked up. Emergency officials say they’ll be reopened after inspection.

Airports

Orlando International Airport will resume commercial operations at noon Wednesday.

“Noon was determined to be the earliest time Orlando International could reasonably resume normal operations, allowing time for damage assessment, sweeping the airfield for debris, security preparations, staff call backs for airport and federal agency employees and preparations for ground service equipment,” the airport said in a statement.

The Sanford International Airport will open at 1 p.m.

Melbourne International Airport is partially opened now. The airfield is open to emergency relief efforts. The terminal reopens at 6 a.m. Thursday; returning rental cars, parking & restaurant to normal operations. Commercial flights resume at 8 a.m. Thursday.

Daytona Beach International Airport is expected to open tomorrow.

Passenger are urged to contact their airlines prior to arriving at the airport to ensure flights are available.

Schools

Most schools are returning to normal operations in the coming days.

Public Schools:

Brevard: Reopening Friday, September 6.

Volusia: Reopening Friday, September 6.

Seminole: Schools will reopen Thursday, September 5. Make-up days are October 17 and 18.

Orange: Orange County Public Schools will open Thursday, Sept. 5. The school make-up days are Fri. Oct. 18 & Mon. Nov. 25.

Osceola: Reopening Thursday, September 5.

Lake: Reopening Thursday, September 5.

Marion: Reopening Thursday, September 5.

Sumter: Reopened Wednesday, September 4.

Colleges and universities: 

University of Central Florida: Reopening Friday, September 6.

College of Central Florida in Ocala: Reopening Thursday, September 5.

Daytona State College: Closed until further notice.

Eastern Florida State College in Brevard: Reopening Monday, September 9.

Lake-Sumter State College: Reopening Thursday, September 5.

Seminole State College of Florida: Reopening Thursday, September 5.

Valencia College: Reopening Friday, September 6.

City & County Services

Orlando

The city will resume normal operations Thursday. “Our community heeded the hurricane warnings and took preparations seriously,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We are fortunate to have avoided a direct hit from this devastating storm. Our hearts are with the people of the Bahamas as they begin the long process of recovery.”

The City will begin garbage and recycling collection, to include missed garbage collections, on Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 6 a.m. City Solid Waste crews will be following the below pickup schedule to ensure all missed routes are picked up before regular collection resumes next week.

  • Thursday, September 5, 2019 – Make-up for missed Monday and Wednesday garbage collection.
  • Friday, September 6, 2019 – Make-up collection for missed Tuesday garbage collection.
  • Saturday, September 7, 2019 – Make-up collection for missed Thursday recycling collection.
  • Sunday, September 8, 2019 – Make-up collection for missed Friday recycling collection.

Volusia

County offices will open Thursday, including parks. Courts and schools will open Friday. Edgewater Library sustained minor damage and won’t open tomorrow.

 


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