Rain floods roads in Daytona Beach as “northeast” storm drenches Volusia and Flagler counties

Heavy showers, winds and choppy waves hit Volusia and Flagler counties on Friday, with some places reporting seven inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Nor’easter brings big waves to Flagler Beach and brings surfers out

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Some unofficial websites were reporting 10 inches, but the weather service is unsure of the validity of these measurements. But one thing is clear: the depression that camped in the northeast brought a lot of rain.

“Definitely heavy rain at several sites with six and seven inches,” said Cassie Leahy, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

She said there had been seven, six and five inch reports in the Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and Port Orange areas.

Starting on Friday : Nothing but rain, rain, rain in Volusia-Flagler on Friday, with beach erosion on top of that

This weekend: Rainy and windy weekend for Volusia and Flagler counties



Waves crash along the shoreline of Flagler Beach on Saturday, November 6, 2021.


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Waves crash along the shoreline of Flagler Beach on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

Street flooding was reported in Daytona Beach on Friday with water in sections of Beach Street, Fairview Avenue, Wilder Boulevard, Ballough Road, Magnolia Avenue and Palmetto Avenue, according to the Daytona Beach Police Twitter account which reported warned drivers to avoid flooded roads.



Waves crash along the shoreline of Flagler Beach on Saturday, November 6, 2021.


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Waves crash along the shoreline of Flagler Beach on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

According to the Daytona Beach Police Twitter account, flooding has also been reported on parts of Nova Road, Clyde Morris Boulevard, Ridgewood Avenue, International Speedway Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue.

Daytona Beach Police released photos of water covering roads and vehicles dragging small wakes as they passed through flooded streets.

Volusia County closed Walter Boardman Lane from Old Dixie Highway to High Bridge Road on Saturday due to high water levels in the Tomoka River caused by rain and tides, according to county spokesperson Kevin Captain.

Any remaining rain from the weather system is expected to abate overnight tonight, and Sunday and Monday are shaping up to be dry, Leahy said.

“It seems to stay quite windy for the next few days,” she said.



The river encroaches on parts of High Bridge Road in Ormond Beach on Saturday, November 6, 2021.


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The river encroaches on parts of High Bridge Road in Ormond Beach on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

There was a wind advisory on Saturday for the Volusia County coast that was due to expire at midnight, she said. Early Saturday morning, a gust of 44 mph was recorded at Daytona International Speedway, she said.

Leahy said it will remain windy with winds of 15 to 20 mph and higher gusts.

Waves at high tide were approaching and reaching the dunes, she said.

Sunday’s high in Volusia County is expected to reach 66 while the low is expected to be in the upper 40s in the northern sections of the county, said Kole Fehling, a meteorologist.

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In Flagler County, Flagler Beach was closed on Saturday due to pounding waves, according to a tweet from the Flagler Beach Police Department, which said when conditions improve, the pier will be inspected before it reopens.

The highest gust in Flagler County on Friday was 59 mph at Marineland, said Bob Pickering, Flagler County emergency management specialist.

Precipitation in Flagler County was generally in the order of 4 inches according to weather observers, with 4.6 inches reported in section Z of the city, 4.4 in section F and 4 inches in section W.

Pickering said the main concern was the storm surge flowing south in the Intracoastal Waterway between the county mainland and the Barrier Island. Water had flowed over dikes in Palm Coast. He said the storm surge could create flooding in some low lying areas of Flagler Beach.

“It’s going to be very localized,” Pickering said. “But some of these very low areas like South Flagler Avenue near South 23 Street could be a problem.”

Another problem could be Intracoastal Drive in Beverly Beach and parts of North Flagler Avenue.

“It won’t be like (Hurricane) Irma or anything like that,” Pickering said. “So we don’t want to scare people. It is the lowest of the low areas.

In 2018, Hurricane Irma caused extensive flooding in areas along the Halifax River and inter-coastal areas, including flooding in downtown Daytona Beach.

Pickering said significant beach erosion has also been reported in the South 23 Street and Flagler Avenue area in Flagler Beach.



A surfer paddles through choppy waves on a northeast Saturday at Flagler Beach.


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A surfer paddles through choppy waves on a northeast Saturday at Flagler Beach.



Palm Coast's Michael Jozefek was surfing in crashing waves on Flagler Beach on Saturday.


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Palm Coast’s Michael Jozefek was surfing in crashing waves on Flagler Beach on Saturday.

The northeast was generating large waves on Saturday which crashed into the sand at Flagler Beach. The harsh conditions didn’t stop a handful of surfers who defied the waves, including Michael Jozefek, 17, of Palm Coast.

“It’s cold. The current is really bad right now,” said Jozefek, holding his board. “Once you get out there. It’s just crazy. It’s super heavy.”

Getting out into the waves was not easy.

“It’s like paddling through hell,” said Jozefek. “The current is super choppy.”

This article originally appeared in the Daytona Beach News-Journal: Rain floods Daytona Beach roads as “northeast” storm drenches Volusia and Flagler counties

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