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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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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the early morning hours in Brevard, Polk and Osceola counties in advance of Tropical Storm Fay.

The storm is expected to pass over New Smyrna Beach about 8 p.m. Wednesday and then Daytona Beach, bringing winds of up to 40 mph and 5 to 9 inches of rain. 

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Here is the latest short-term forecast from the National Weather Service in Melbourne for our area as of 11:30 p.m.

COASTAL VOLUSIA-FLAGLER BEACH TO VOLUSIA-
BREVARD COUNTY LINE 20 NM TO 60 NM OFFSHORE-FLAGLER BEACH TO VOLUSIA-
BREVARD COUNTY LINE OUT TO 20 NM-INDIAN RIVER-INLAND VOLUSIA-MARTIN-
NORTHERN BREVARD-NORTHERN LAKE-OKEECHOBEE-ORANGE-OSCEOLA-
SEBASTIAN INLET TO JUPITER INLET 20 NM TO 60 NM OFFSHORE-
SEBASTIAN INLET TO JUPITER INLET OUT TO 20 NM-SEMINOLE-
SOUTHERN BREVARD-SOUTHERN LAKE-ST. LUCIE-VOLUSIA-

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Alan Hale gassed up his pick-up truck at 6 p.m. at the Marathon gas station on North Dixie Freeway, sucking up the last of the unleaded gasoline. Two hours later, a large tanker drove up and replenished supplies.

"We're hoping he'll get here in time, but traffic is realy had in South Florida and were out of (unleaded) gas and we only have premium and diesel," said attendant Ben Powell, about an hour before the supply truck did arrive.

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NSB City Commission meeting rescheduled # A special New Smyrna Beach City Commission meeting will be held 5 p.m. Thursday in the Deberry Room of the Utilities Commission Building, 200 Canal St. The meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, byt moved due to Tropical Storm Fay.

Early voting locales changed # Early voting locations in the New Smyrna Beach Library and elsewhere in Volusia County will be closed on Wednesday. Voters can go to the early voting site at the Volusia County Historic Courthouse, 125 W. New York Ave., DeLand.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Volusia County Schools were ordered closed for Tuesday and Wednesday by Superintendent Margaret Smith.
 
The decision was made because of expected high winds and possible flooding from heavy rains due to Tropical Storm Fay, Smith said through the school district's calling system to parents and guardians.
 
Only essential personnel are expected to report to their respective schools, Smith said.

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OAK HILL -- A Domino's pizza deliveryman was robbed at gunpoint Friday of his pizza, cell phone and $80 in cash after he made a delivery and three men answered the door with one of them pointing a sawed-off shotgun at him, Oak Hill police said.
 
The delivery man was forced to lay on the ground as he was robbed at 10:45 p.m., Oak Hill police Sgt. Robert F. Walker said.
 
Walker declined to say where the delivery took place because he is close to making arrests.
 

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- A 33-year-old New Smyrna Beach man was arrested Friday during a motor vehicle stop on a three-year-old warrant charging him with violation of probation for sale and delivery of marijuana, police said.
 
Rex Bissell was taken into custody on the outstanding warrant following the 5:06 p.m. traffic stop on Fairgreen Avenue.
 

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