• Affects from Florence hit Volusia County as groups organize relief efforts in Orlando

    By: Kelly Healey

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    CENTRAL FLORIDA - Hurricane Florence will be kicking up surf on Volusia County this weekend as it moves inland through the Carolinas.

     

    Read: Flight cancellations at Orlando International Airport due to Florence

     

    Lifeguards are warning people about the high surf and dangerous currents. They moved lifeguard towers and trash cans off the beach because the tide has been higher than usual.

     

    Visitors told Channel 9 that the waves were as high as 9 feet Thursday.

     

    Read: Thousands without power in the Carolinas as Florence moves in

     

    "The current picks up a lot on the inside, but there are some good waves out there," said surfer Tino Salim.

     

    Fisherman said the strong currents made fishing conditions ideal because it brought in the bait fish closer to the pier. 

     

    Meanwhile, local groups are organizing relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

     

    The drop-off point for anyone who wants to donate is at Ace Cafe on Livingston Street in downtown Orlando.

     

    WATCH: Live coverage from sister station WSOC in Charlotte, NC

     

    "Water (and) paper; I just bought things that when I experienced a hurricane I wanted," Orlando resident Rick Gerweck said. “It feels wonderful to help others."

     

    Items that are needed are:

    • Bottled water
    • Food
    • Bug spray
    • Blankets
    • Hygiene items
    • Pet food
    • Diapers

     

    In North Carolina, Channel 9 reporter Steve Barrett captured video of clouds forming in Myrtle Beach as Hurricane Florence moved in.  See Below:

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