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Homes and businesses in Flagler County brace for Hurricane Dorian

WTLV-TV Jacksonville logo WTLV-TV Jacksonville 9/3/2019 Alexander Osiadacz
a sign on the side of a building: Wal-Mart in Palm Coast among 60 of the retail giant’s stores to close during Hurricane Dorian © FCN Wal-Mart in Palm Coast among 60 of the retail giant’s stores to close during Hurricane Dorian

The sound of electric drills turning screws across Flagler County is slowly fading as folks wrap-up storm preparations.

“We’ve been working the last three days trying to secure the house,” Alexandra Hockla said. 

Outside the one-story home in a northern section of Palm Coast, Hockla, her husband, and her mother aren’t taking any chances when it comes to Dorian.

It’s their home. Their castle. Complete with a mote of sorts, “He just dug a little trench over there to move the water, so we don’t get flooded,” Hockla said.

They survived Matthew, but their roof did not.

Hockla explained, “We had a new roof two years ago, so hopefully (nats knocking) knock on wood, that stays.”

Hockla and her husband positioned sandbags and stocked-up on supplies over the weekend. She is prepared to lose power but ready to ride it out.

“We’re not in an evacuation zone, but you never know and this is a big storm,” Hockla said. 

A few miles south of Hockla’s neighborhood, Palm Coast’s retail centers guarded overnight by law enforcement. Nearly 90 Flagler County deputies working the late shift — their days-off and vacations canceled until after Dorian passes. 

Some shops boarding-up glass windows and doors but remained open: indicated by spray-painted messages on the secured lumber. several fuel trucks spotted in the area replenished the supply at an Exxon along Palm Coast Parkway. However, stations in the southern part of the county headed into Volusia County have wrapped their gas pumps.

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Flagler County’s coastal communities, which went under evacuation orders Monday will go under a curfew beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Reporters Alex Osiadacz and Michael Aaron will have team coverage from Flagler and Volusia counties throughout the storm. Follow @AlexOsiadacz and @MichaelFAaron for updates.

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