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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- So what is a working gal supposed to do on Labor Day? Well, work silly.

Just ask Marion Free, dining room manager at Ruthy's restaurant.

"It's just like every other day," said Free, one of two waitresses serving the customers at the bustling restaurant on West Canal Street. "I'm just not going fishing like everyone else."

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Like a cat hovering over a mouse, Tropical Storm Fay is literally on top of us this morning, calm as can be and moving ever so slighly with light drizzle. Though for how long?
 
Here is the latest weather bulletin from the National Weather Service in Melbourne fo Coastal Volusia County, Bulletin, Flood Watch: Issued at: 7:13 AM EDT 8/21/08, expires at: 7:15 AM EDT 8/22/08

 

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Mayor Sally Mackay is keeping her fingers crossed that flooding will be kept to a minimum and that the beach holds up as Tropical Storm Fay lumbers this way, about 15 miles south of New Smyrna Beach as it makes its expected northwest path to the Florida Panhandle.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Deciding it was better to be safe than sorry, the Volusia County School District has called off school Thursday for a third day, out of concern of high winds and flooding due to Tropical Storm Fay.
 
With wind gusts of up to 35 mph and steady rain bands forecast throughout the day Thursday, school district Superintendent Margaret Smith made the decision earlier tonight.

Other pertinent cancellations:

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Inside the cozy confines of Denny's restaurant on State Road 44, Robert "Chip" Higgins wasn't impressed by what he saw of Tropical Storm Fay just before 2 this morning as wind gusts of up to 40 mph and precipitation picked up outside.

"I think it's going to rain a bit and that's it," said the 29-year-old server from Edgewater as he waited on a handful of patrons. "I think it's been overblown by the media. Hey, good pun."

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Mayor Sally Mackay was keeping her fingers crossed just before midnight Tuesday that Tropical Storm Fay would not  come back ashore any where near Southeast Volusia.

As of midnight, Fay was centered over Melbourne and headed in  northeast direction at 7 mph slightly over the ocean with a chance of coming ashore right here in the next 24 hours.

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Parents and guardians were notified an hour ago through the Volusia school district call system that Volusia County schools will remain closed on Wednesday. That includes all school activities, events and extended day programs are also canceled for Wednesday.

District administrative offices will be closed. Only designated emergency employees are to report for work.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Mayor Sally Mackay says the city staff is prepared for Tropical Storm Fay.
 
"As you report, we are expecting increased winds as the storm moves over Central Florida, some gusting to 35 mph, together with heavy rain bands and possible flooding on some roads," Mackay wrote to NSBNEWS.net in an e-mail at 4:45 a.m. "City Hall will be open.  EOC will not be used
other than normal.  Public Works has all its pumps out ready and they are strategically placed in areas of town where flooding might be expected."
 

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