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Volusia, Flagler tackle final preparations with mix of urgency, anxiety

As Hurricane Idalia churned through the Gulf of Mexico toward an expected Wednesday landfall as a major Category 3 hurricane on Florida’s Gulf Coast, officials with Volusia and Flagler counties on Tuesday were taking final precautions to protect beaches still recovering from the one-two punch of Ian and Nicole.

At the same time, city officials, residents and business owners also were making final preparations to weather the third approaching hurricane in a year, an unwelcome parade that has triggered cases of storm anxiety.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d say my anxiety level is probably about a 6,” said Sandy Murphy, 65, a Daytona Beach resident who lives with her husband a block west of Atlantic Avenue, across the street from the former site of the now-demolished Treasure Island Resort.

Wilbur-by-the-Sea property owners still dealing with damage from Tropical Storms Ian and Nicole now face another blow from Hurricane Idalia, forecast to make landfall as a major storm on Wednesday on Florida's Gulf Coast.

“It wouldn’t feel as bad if we were completely recovered from the last one,” said Murphy, whose roof is being held in place with brick pavers as she and her husband deal with their insurance company. “We’re still trying to recover from Ian and Nicole and that makes the anxiety about this one a little higher.”


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