8:00 p.m. Advisory: Elsa has been upgraded to a Hurricane. The center of Hurricane Elsa is about 100 miles south/southwest of Tampa or about 75 miles west of Fort Myers. The impacts remain the same across the area however, with the Hurricane Warning remaining in effect for Pinellas and coastal Hillsborough County north and Tropical Storm Warnings south of Tampa Bay. Storm Surge of 3 to 5 feet is possible north of Englewood in Sarasota County, with 2 to 4 feet possible to the south. Storm Surge Warnings remain in effect for the entire west central and southwest Florida coast. A Tornado Watch continues through 11:00 p.m. for the I-4 corridor south, and the tornado threat will shift northward overnight. A flood watch continues across the area.
City Staff is continuing to monitor Elsa as she approaches Florida. Flood watches have been issued for all Bay area counties until Wednesday. Local heavy rainfall may lead to flooded roadways and neighborhood flooding.
Sandbags are available at the Police Department and other various locations throughout the County. Please be advised, sandbags are self-service and you will be required to fill them on your own.
There are no real changes to the 11 a.m. advisory for Elsa. She will move very close to the coast tonight. Tropical storm-force winds will move in from the south moving north beginning this afternoon. As more information becomes available, we will continue to provide updates.
Here is the latest advisory on Hurricane Elsa from the National Hurricane Center. There is still a lot of uncertainty in the forecast. Elsa has winds now at 70 mph and is no longer a hurricane. Tropical Storm Elsa will continue on a west/northwest path today going over or near Haiti, then over or near Cuba on Sunday. More land interaction = weaker storm system. At this time, there are no significant changes to the path.
City Staff is closely monitoring Hurricane Elsa as it approaches Florida. As a Florida resident, prior to hurricane season, preparedness is a key to your safety. Please be sure to have your plans in place should the need arise. Stay informed on the latest updates through your local news and weather stations and/or the National Hurricane Center website at: www.nhc.noaa.gov
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