Elsa has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Elsa is located south of Hispaniola, approximately 1200 miles southeast of Tampa. Elsa is moving quickly toward the west-northwest near 29 mph, and this motion is expected to continue during the next couple of days. Confidence has increased in Elsa’s movement into the eastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday as a strong tropical storm.
No watches or warnings associated with the storm are in effect for Florida at this time. There is a risk of storm surge, wind and rainfall impacts in the Florida Keys and portions of the Florida Peninsula early next week. However, uncertainty remains larger than usual concerning Elsa’s strength due to potential interaction with Cuba on Monday.
In preparation for potential heavy rains, a limited supply of sandbags will be available through Monday, July 5, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the following location. Sandbag sites are self-serve only, please bring your own shovel.
Linda Pedersen Park
6300 Shoal Line Boulevard
Spring Hill, FL 34607
- Residents living along the river and in low-lying, flood prone areas are urged to closely monitor river levels and take precautions as needed to protect life and property. Be prepared to move to higher ground if necessary.
- Do not drive through standing water. Turn around, don’t drown.
- Monitor river gauges at: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=tbw
• Register for automated severe weather notifications at http://www.AlertHernando.org
• Take this opportunity to refresh your emergency supply kit. For more information, visit http://www.HernandoCounty.us/EM
• Residents are encouraged to monitor to local media outlets or the National Weather Service at https://www.weather.gov/tbw/ for current weather information.