TAMPA, Fla. — Several Tampa Bay County leaders issued a local state of emergency in preparation for Tropical Storm Elsa.
Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Hernando County, Manatee County, the City of North Port and the City of Sarasota have all issued their own local state of emergency.
Gov. Ron DeSantis put a state of emergency in place for several Tampa Bay area counties on Saturday. But county leaders say this added local state of emergency will allow them to purchase goods more quickly.
It will also allow county leaders to suspend budgetary controls.
Additionally in Pinellas County, leaders rolled out a flood risk assessment tool. The tool will allow people to plug in their address and house elevation in order to determine potential storm surge at their homes.