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ORLANDO, Fla. – All courthouses in Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia counties will reopen Tuesday after being closed because of Hurricane Matthew.
The 7th Circuit includes Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.
The Putnam County Courthouse reopened Monday.
Widespread power outages
State officials released updated totals late Friday that showed the powerful storm had knocked out electricity over a long coastal stretch of the peninsula.
One of the hardest hit areas is Volusia County, where nearly 258,000 customers -- 92 percent of all customers -- were without power. As of Saturday afternoon, 82 percent of Volusia County residents remained without power.
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Nearly 200,000 people in Brevard County, the home to Cape Canaveral, were also without power, along with nearly 132,000 customers in the Jacksonville area.
But the fury of the storm was strong enough that it has also caused outages in Central Florida. Nearly 150,000 customers who live in the Orlando area were without electricity.
Deaths in Central Florida
At least four deaths in Central Florida are related to Hurricane Matthew.
An 89-year-old DeLeon Springs man was found dead Monday next to a downed power line. Officials believe he came in contact with the line and was killed.
A 9-year-old boy was found dead in Daytona Beach from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities said. A generator was being used inside the family home, according to officials. Three others were taken to hospitals.
Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said a 70-year-old woman died after a medical device failed during a power outage caused by Hurricane Matthew.
In Volusia County, a woman was killed when a tree fell on her Friday during Hurricane Matthew.
During a lull in the storm, Susan Mathes, 63, of DeLand, went outside to feed her animals and was struck by the tree, Volusia County Manager Jim Dinneen said during a news conference.
Flagler County residents permitted back home
Flagler County residents were permitted back into their homes effective noon Saturday, county officials said.
"We have done assessments and the roads are passable," Flagler County Administrator Craig Coffey said. "That doesn't mean there aren't some hazards on some of the roadways, but they are in decent shape. Please remember to use caution and be safe."
Officials said inoperable stop lights must be treated as four-way stop signs.
"We cannot have people going through intersections without checking for traffic coming from the opposite directions," Flagler Beach Police Chief Matt Doughney said.
Only residents and safety personnel are allowed on the barrier island. County officials said proof of residency will be required.
"As residents return home and they await the restoration of power, we ask that the use of generators be limited to houses that are high and dry," Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager Steve Garten said. "Powering up a home that has been under water is extremely dangerous. Please don't do it."
The curfew will remain for the barrier island from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily until further notice. Officials said the curfew is being lifted west of the Intracoastal.
Alcohol sales remain suspended throughout the county, officials said.
Hurricane Matthew aftermath forces Volusia, Flagler to close schools
All Volusia County schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday because of Hurricane Matthew.
"All school activities and athletic events are also canceled for Monday and Tuesday," Volusia schools said.
The district said it needs time to make sure all power is restored to schools, leaks are repaired, classrooms are cleaned and downed trees and limbs are removed.
Makeup days will be determined at a later date, officials said.
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Meanwhile, Flagler County schools will be also closed Monday and Tuesday because of Hurricane Matthew, officials said.
Maintenance teams will tour all schools and sites on Saturday, assessing damage from the hurricane. Preliminary checks show some exterior damage at a few sites, officials said.
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