Leaders in Orange County provide update on Hurricane Dorian

Category 2 storm is crawling toward the coast


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Orange County leaders held a news briefing Tuesday updating residents on preparations ahead of Hurricane Dorian.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings asked residents to remain patient as the storm moved slowly toward Florida's coast. He acknowledged it was the fifth day county officials have been on hurricane watch.

"Be patient, we have perhaps another 24 hours of so or left and this storm should have moved past us at this point," he said while thanking residents for making their preparations.

He said though some residents are feeling pre-storm fatigue, others have been utilizing the county's resources. Demings said more than 400 residents have reported to one of the 11 shelters opened across the county.

Demings previously reported 150 residents in shelters Monday.

The mayor said he and other county officials are coordinating transportation of the homeless to shelters before Dorian's impacts ramp up.

Emergency officials said people in the county may start to feel wind gusts from Dorian as it travels closer to Florida.

Orange County Sheriff John Mina said due to the storm's current track, there will be no curfew.

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