9am weather: mostly sunny (a few low non-developed cumulus), wind NE 5 mph Rainfall since midnight: trace Surf conditions: breaking waves 2-3 feet and choppy with a slight southward current Tide: incoming, high 11:28 am Sunglow Pier Beach Cam
Volusia County Beach Safety closed vehicle access to the beach and pulled infrastructure (lifeguard towers, beach traffic signs, trash cans) off the beach and stored them on the vehicle ramp. I hope they remove this potential debris (and portable toilet on skids) from the ramp today or tomorrow because it could be blown/washed into our neighborhood by wind and storm surge Friday.
FPL contractors continue to work on securing power line equipment and other items (signs) stored along Cardinal Blvd. on the Ponce peninsula that remain from the ongoing months-long infrastructure "hardening" project.
Evacuation of coastal areas announced in the next county south of us. A few residents in my neighborhood have or are shuttering windows and securing outdoor items. There are still tourists and inquisitive inland residents driving around. Many people are still flocking to area stores to purchase hard to find last-minute items. I have not heard of gasoline shortages yet, but bottled water and batteries are becoming scarce.
Latest NHC forecast is for Matthew to pass within 50 miles of my location sometime Friday as a strong Category 3 (or possibly 4) major hurricane. I will try to post weather conditions and other observations from my location in Daytona Beach Shores (one block inland from Atlantic) every 3 hours on the hour until communications go down. I hope everyone has a hurricane plan in action. Please stay calm and safe!
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