New Smyrna Beach Mayor Russ Owen on waiting on Dorian: Keep calm & be prepared; 'Help a neighbor'

Photos for Headline Surfer / Shown above is New Smyrna Beach Mayor Russ Owen along with a WFTV Channel 9 weather map tracking Hurricane Dorian. 
Headline Surfer video / NSB Mayor Russ Owen gives an update for residents on the city's readiness for Dorian, including availability of sand. 
 
Hurricane Dorian reactio from New Smyrna Beach, FL / Headline SurferBy HENRY FREDERICK
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Mayor Russ Owen has a sound and practical message for residents waiting on Hurricane Dorian as it remains stalled over the Bahamas as a moster category 5 hurricane with 185 mph winds and a mere 70 miles from Florida's coastline.

Whether Dorian makes the turn as most of the weathr forecast compuiter models have suggested and skirts up the shoreline and makes landfall in Georgia or the Carolinas or comnes ashore along Central Florida's coast remains the bigh question at this hour; perhaps many more hours.

The mayor, like the rest of us, just doesn't know. But in the meantime, Owen had this to say:

"Keep calm and be prepared NSB," Owen wrote on his Facebook page. "Help a neighbor if you are all finished with your prep. Please evacuate if you are asked to, or if you are worried for yourself or your family."

Owen said shelters will be open tomorrow, and there is transportation available from many sources like Uber and Votran.

The first-term mayor urged residents to stay tuned to city and county Facebook pages and local media, but with th understanding that stakeholders only get updates from the National Hurricane Center a few scheduled times per day.

In between those NHC updates via government and media circles, Owen had this to say: "In between those updates, it’s ok to tune out and de-stress a little. Whatever happens, we’ll get through this."

New Smyrna Beach MNayor reacts to Hurricane Dorian / Headline SurferThe first-term mayor urged residents to stay tuned to city and county Facebook pages and local media, but with th understanding that stakeholders only get updates from the National Hurricane Center a few scheduled times per day.

In between those NHC updates via government and media circles, Owen had this to say: "In between those updates, it’s ok to tune out and de-stress a little. Whatever happens, we’ll get through this."

 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.