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Tropical Storm Elsa Hernando County EOC Alert 5

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Tropical Storm Elsa is located approximately 770 miles southeast of Tampa. Elsa’s forward progression has slowed down to 13 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. Confidence has increased in Elsa’s movement into the eastern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday afternoon as a strong tropical storm.

A Tropical Storm watch is in effect for the Florida Keys 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 this week. However, uncertainty remains concerning Elsa’s strength due to potential interaction with Cuba on Monday.

Above normal tides, combined with heavy rainfall could flood coastal roads Tuesday night and throughout the day on Wednesday. A strong tropical storm moving offshore into the Gulf of Mexico has potential to produce up to 3 feet of storm surge once winds arrive on shore over multiple high tide cycles.

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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.

PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTER (PIC): (352) 754-4083 or (352) 754-4111 (Recorded)

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