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A subtropical low-pressure system could threaten the Volusia County coast.

Fri, Nov 04, 2022 at 4:15PM

Written by Kristen Schmutz

Belden Communications News 



Residents along the coast in Volusia County should watch closely for the potential development of a subtropical low-pressure system, which could impact Volusia County beginning this weekend.

According to a release, The system has the potential to bring strong rip currents, high surf, and large breaking waves between 5 and 12 feet. Officials expect storm conditions to last through next week, increasing the probability of coastal erosion.

“A lot of our coastal properties suffered tremendous damage and erosion from Hurricane Ian,” said Volusia County Emergency Management Director Jim Judge. “This new system heading our way can significantly threaten those properties with more erosion.”

County and coastal city staff are maintaining close communication with coastal municipalities, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, FEMA, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Additionally, County staff is in contact with the warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Melbourne Office.

Residents and visitors should stay off the beach this weekend through early next week, as conditions are not conducive for beachgoers with the loss of our sand buffer from Hurricane Ian and the significant coastal damage already sustained. 

The beach ramps will be closed to beach driving as weather and tidal conditions warrant, and as a safety precaution, all trash cans and port-o-lets will be removed.

Coastal residents are encouraged to watch for new developments, make necessary preparations now and heed any cautionary messages if issued.

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