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Hurricane Dorian continues sideswipe assault on Florida coast

Hurricane Dorian remained at Category 2 strength Wednesday with 105 mph winds and higher gusts as it made its closest approach to Florida's east coast.

Hurricane Dorian: Lake, Orange, Seminole, Lake Osceola public schools to reopen Thursday

All Central Florida public schools will be closed Wednesday, but Seminole plans to re-open for classes Thursday. Volusia County schools are shuttered through Thursday. Lake, Orange and Osceola schools haven't announced plans for Thursday yet.

Central Florida escapes worst of Hurricane Dorian

Bands from Hurricane Dorian are still lapping the east coast of Florida near Volusia County, but inland Central Florida residents woke up Wednesday to little more than a rain shower.

Hurricane Dorian churns off Florida’s coast with 105 mph winds

Hurricane Dorian was moving nearly parallel to Florida as it churned offshore Wednesday morning as a weakened, but still powerful Category 2 storm. Outer bands doused Central Florida, bringing tropical storm force winds to the east coast, and worsening conditions to the state’s northeastern coast. Forecasters warned of tornado threats and dangerous winds.

When will Hurricane Dorian hit Orlando?

While the projected path for Hurricane Dorian keeps Florida out of the cone of uncertainty and the storm has reduced its intensity, the storm’s winds now extend out 175 miles and are already sending gusts across the east coast.

Hurricane Dorian: Only dog shelter in New Smyrna Beach gets ready; residents wait for storm

Staff at the only dog shelter in New Smyrna Beach gave the animals playtime Tuesday before the storms arrived and they had to bunker down.

Attempted looter arrested at Daytona Beach Shores hotel, police say

Daytona Beach Shores police arrested a 32-year-old Port Orange man on Monday for trying to break into hotel rooms.

Two men arrested for stealing sandbags from construction site, Volusia deputies say

Two men were arrested Monday in Volusia County for stealing sandbags from a construction site ?— days after county officials gave away free sandbags in anticipation of Hurricane Dorian, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Hurricane Dorian has Volusia County residents preparing for the worst

Volusia County residents are ready for Hurricane Dorian. “Just have faith,” said John Whytal, 70, of New Smyrna Beach. “Prepare for the worst but hope for the best.”

Hurricane Dorian battering Bahamas, forecasters continue to watch for northern turn near Florida’s east coast

Forecasters warn Florida on Sunday about Hurricane Dorian: “A small deviation to the left of the track could bring the intense core of the hurricane its dangerous winds closer to or onto the Florida coast."

Hurricane Dorian: Central Floridians urged to remain vigilant despite ‘hurricane fatigue’

Although Central Florida may not receive the catastrophic winds of Hurricane Dorian, Orange County is not scaling back on its emergency preparations.

Hurricane Dorian track still off Florida coast, but tropical storm warnings issued

Hurricane Dorian on Sunday has its eye set on the Bahamas with powerful 150 mph winds, but has not let Florida off the hook in its ever changing path.

Hurricane Dorian forces all Central Florida schools to close Tuesday

Orange, Seminole and Volusia schools closed Tuesday thanks to Hurricane Dorian.

Volusia pulls its backing for SunRail DeLand station even as federal cash comes available

SunRail expansion from DeBary to DeLand now unlikely as Volusia leaders opt out.

Daytona Beach boy in critical condition after getting shot by 14-year-old: report

A 10-year-old Florida boy is in critical condition after getting shot by a 14-year-old boy in Daytona Beach, according to a report by WKMG.

Volusia County grandmother tries to abduct toddler, beats his pregnant babysitter: report

A 68-year-old Deland woman was arrested after deputies said she broke into the home of her grandson's babysitter, beat up the pregnant woman, and tried to take the 3-year-old Wednesday.

Tourism thrives despite shark bite capital of the world title for Volusia County

If Volusia County is the shark bite capital of the world, then how is its tourism industry also rising by huge numbers?

Video: Mother reacts to Daytona Beach student’s arrest for mass shooting threat made on video game

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office released video of a mother's reaction to when her son, a Daytona Beach Seabreeze High School student, was arrested after making a threat of a mass shooting in a video game chat room.

Family wakes to find man breaking into her Volusia County home: report

A man was arrested early Monday after breaking into a Volusia family’s home while they slept, according to a report by WKMG.

Central Florida woman who lost pit bull 1.5 years ago to get him back after deputy’s Facebook post

A Central Florida woman whose dog went missing a year and a half ago will soon be reunited with Mace after the wandering pit bull jumped into a concerned driver's car and was taken to a sheriff's substation.

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‘A good 100 kills would be nice:’ Daytona man arrested after making mass shooting threat via text messages

A 25-year-old Daytona Beach man was arrested Friday after he sent text messages saying he wanted to commit a mass shooting, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Nine-year-old girl bitten by shark in New Smyrna Beach

A 9-year-old girl was bitten in the leg while wading in knee-deep water in New Smyrna Beach on Friday, according to Volusia County Beach Safety.

Crash kills man, 49, after pickup flips in Volusia County

A 49-year-old man died after he lost control of his pickup and it flipped then hit a tree in Volusia County.

Bucs rookie D’Cota Dixon left impact beyond football in Wisconsin

Tampa Bay Bucs rookie D'Cota Dixon, a former New Smyrna Beach High School safety, made an impact with his extensive volunteer work at the University of Wisconsin.

Raccoon spotted — in vending machine at Volusia County high school

School is back in session for thousands of students in Central Florida, but one Volusia County school had an unwanted visitor on Wednesday.

Sea turtle nests, protected from predators, set record high on Volusia County beaches

Sea turtle nests are on the rise on Volusia County beaches, with the latest numbers showing a record-high in the last seven years, officials said.

Deltona man coerced woman he met online into paying him over $8,000 or he’d tell her husband, workplace, deputies say

A Central Florida man was charged with extortion after coercing a woman he met on the internet to give him more than $8,000 or he'd tell her husband and her employer about their online relationship, deputies said.

'Nightmare scenario’: 15 years since Florida was beaten, bruised by 4 hurricanes in 6 weeks

Hurricane Charley hit Florida on Aug. 13, 2004, beginning the year Florida became the punching bag of the hurricane season as Hurricanes Frances, Ivan and Jeanne came at the state one after the other.

Fatal crash on I-4 leaves vehicle overturned and 26-year-old woman dead

Troopers were investigating a fatal crash Sunday night which took the life of a 26-old-woman on Interstate 4 near Deltona, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

With school starting, know when to stop for the school bus

With a new school year, it's important to know when drivers are responsible to stop for a school bus. Better to be safe than sorry.

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