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Wind chill and freeze warnings issued for Daytona, east central Florida

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Wind chill and freeze warnings have been issued for the Daytona Beach area Monday night into Tuesday morning by the National Weather Service in Melbourne. The wind chill warning is in effect from 10 Monday night until 10 Tuesday morning. Forecasters say overnight temperatures in the 20s will combine with breezy winds to drop wind chills into the mid and upper teens in east-central Florida. Residents and visitors were urged to “…dress in layers and wear a hat and gloves if outdoors for any prolonged period of time.” The Weather Service also urged people to shelter pets indoors against the cold.

Updated: At around 5:20 Tuesday morning, AccuWeather reported a temperature of 36 in Daytona Beach, with a wind chill of 26. AccuWeather forecast a high of 46 for Daytona Beach Tuesday, but with a wind chill of 37.

Updated: Florida Power and Light said 99 percent of its customers had power at around 5:20 Tuesday morning. The FPL Power Tracker reported 12 customers without power in Daytona Beach. Those customers were expected to have power restored around 6:30 a.m.

The freeze warning is in effect from 1 a.m. until 9 a.m. Tuesday for the cities of Orlando, Sanford, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Titusville and Daytona Beach. Forecasters said they expect “Two to four hours of temperatures below freezing…” early Tuesday morning.

The cold front bringing the weather warnings to the area passed over Florida Monday afternoon, and the National Weather Service in Melbourne said, “Breezy northwest winds will push much colder air southward into central Florida the remainder of the night.” Lowest temperatures are expected after sunrise and are expected to last through 11 Tuesday morning.

In a tweet Monday afternoon, NWS forecasters in Melbourne urged people to follow the Five P’s: “Protect people, plants, pets, pipes and practice fire safety.”

FPL readies crews

Earlier Monday, Florida Power and Light said crews were also being re-scheduled due to the cold conditions. In a news release, FPL Vice-President of Power Delivery Manny Miranda said, “As part of our preparations, we have adjusted work schedules to ensure we have additional employees and contractors available should they be needed to respond to any power-related issues due to the cold weather. “

Space heater safety

In a similar warning as one issued Saturday by Volusia Fire Services, FPL offered safety tips for using space heaters:

  • Use space heaters for only limited amounts of time and not as a primary heat source.
  • Direct the heater to warm people, not space.
  • Keep flammable materials such as bedding, clothing, draperies, rugs and furniture at least 3 feet away from the heater.
  • Keep children and pets away from the heater.
  • Keep space heaters away from water to avoid electric shock.
  • Turn off and unplug the heater when leaving the room for an extended period of time.
  • Avoid using extension cords.

The forecast for the Daytona Beach area overnight calls for partly cloudy skies, also breezy with lows around 30. Lowest wind chill readings are expected in the teens after midnight. Northwest winds are forecast at 15 to 20 miles per hour. For Tuesday, forecasters say to expect partly sunny skies with highs in the upper 40s and north winds at 15 miles per hour.

Cold weather shelter in Flagler

In a tweet Monday, the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office also said a cold weather shelter would be open Monday and Tuesday night at the First United Methodist Church at 205 North Pine Street in Bunnell. For more information, you can call 386-437-3258.

Click here to visit the National Weather Service in Melbourne website.

Click here to visit the AccuWeather website.

Click here to visit the Florida Power and Light website.

Click here to visit the First United Methodist Church in Bunnell website.

You can contact this writer at mroyer5@yahoo.com

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