As Tropical Storm Isaias heads toward Florida, Volusia County issued an evacuation order for the Barrier Island and people living in mobile homes near the coast, effective at 8 a.m. ET Sunday.
"We are just about 24 hours away from the onset of tropical-storm-force winds," Volusia County Manager George Recktenwald said in a news conference. "Depending on the track, the Barrier Islands can see category one hurricane-force winds at 75 miles an hour."
Recktenwald said that while this is a smaller storm, it is going to be much closer and might be right up on the coast.
Volusia County Emergency Management Director Jim Judge also spoke at the news conference to give an update.
"There is some fluctuation and has been, and will be as we monitor this storm. At times it falls down below hurricane-force winds and then a short time later it's back up in those 74 to 75 miles an hour wind range," said Judge.
"So for coastal Volusia County, we are under a hurricane warning, we are under a storm surge watch. And also we have an interior Volusia County tropical storm watch," he added.
Remember: While Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm this afternoon, the National Hurricane center forecasts it will restrengthen into a Category 1 hurricane overnight.
Judge said they are expecting low-end hurricane-force winds right along the coast.
"The onset of sustained tropical-storm-force winds will occur approximately three o'clock tomorrow," he said. "The worst conditions will be 11 p.m., give or take an hour, Sunday night, and then through the night. Hopefully, clearing by seven o'clock Monday morning."
Shelters will open at 8 a.m. Sunday. For people who are Covid-19 positive, hotels will be available for them on the west side.