TAMPA, Fla. — Tropical Storm Elsa is moving almost parallel to the west coast of Florida as it brings heavy rains and gusty winds to the Tampa Bay area. The National Hurricane Center says the storm will make landfall along the north Florida Gulf Coast by late Wednesday morning or afternoon.
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Hurricane Warning dropped for coastal Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Still in place along the coast of Citrus County.
ELSA | Coastal hurricane warnings have been dropped for Hernando, Paso, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Citrus county remains under a hurricane warning along the coast. #flwx pic.twitter.com/dwsOGidQyn— Greg Dee (@GregDeeWeather) July 7, 2021
Drivers in North Port are asked to use caution as crews assess roadway impacts. The following streets have been identified as drivers needing to use caution on various levels.
- N Salford between Warrior & Roderigo
- Price/Creek 9
- Chamberlain south of Price
- Multiple areas on Tropicare
- Sumter North of I-75
- Dorothy Ave.
- Ponce De Leon/Helliwell
- Parts of Reisterstown
- North Port Blvd between Chancellor and Biscayne
- North Salford from Eldron and Lamarqe
- Price between Sumter/Salford
- N Salford from Tishman & Homewood
- N Cranberry from Homewood & Saybrook
- North Cranberry/Chiply
- North Chamberlain through Boca Chica & Hamstead
- North Port Blvd/Greenwood
Tropical Storm Elsa continues to weaken, with winds down to 65 mph in the National Hurricane Center's 5 a.m. update. The system is moving almost parallel with Florida's west coast. Impacts to the Tampa Bay area will continue to decrease throughout the morning. However, scattered rain and storms will continue through the afternoon.
The NHC is forecasting landfall by late Wednesday morning or afternoon along the north Florida Gulf Coast.
The tornado warnings issued for Desoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties expired.
Tornado warnings issued for Desoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties until 2:30 a.m.
— Denis Phillips (@DenisPhillipsWx) July 7, 2021
Elsa downgraded to a tropical storm.
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) July 7, 2021
The NWS allowed the tornado warning to expire.
A Tornado Warning has been issued for Hernando, Pasco, and Sumter counties until 1:30 a.m.
— Denis Phillips (@DenisPhillipsWx) July 7, 2021
TECO -- 10,609
DUKE -- 2,000
FPL -- 3,500
Denis provides a quick update of what to expect over the next several hours.
Wind has picked up big time in Clearwater. Winds out of the east and gusts 50+ mph out here. Could get worse, too. No power outages that we can see so far along Gulf Blvd and Coronado Dr. pic.twitter.com/E9nc1bq699— McKenna King (@McKennaKingTV) July 7, 2021
TECO -- 4,480
FPL -- 2390
Denis Phillips gives us the latest on Hurricane Elsa
WEDNESDAY, JULY 7
TECO -- 2,409
DUKE -- 1,000
FPL -- 2,490
A Pinellas official answers questions about the situation in Pinellas and what areas are prone to floods.
Erik Waxler gives us a look at intense winds in Pinellas.
NHS releases new info on Elsa and Denis explains.
- Power Outage Update...
Duke Energy - reporting around 1,000 people without power just northeast of Dunedin
FPL - reporting 2,140 people without power in Manatee County and another 350 in Sarasota County
TECO - no widespread outages reported at this time
10:38 PM - A Tornado Watch has been issued for all of central and west-central Florida until 8 a.m. as Hurricane Elsa moves through the area.
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Florida until 8 AM EDT pic.twitter.com/YLQLpc7pjR— NWS Tampa Bay (@NWSTampaBay) July 7, 2021
Ryan Smith tells us how quickly heavy rain and wind came then went in Manatee County.
Emergency Management Chief in Sarasota gives us the rundown on any damage or issues in the county.
Views from local beaches in Sarasota and Hillsborough
Ryan Smith gives an update on storm conditions in Manatee County and speaks with a local family about precautions.
McKenna King updates us on the weather in Clearwater and efforts to keep everyone safe.
Sporadic power outages have been reported across the area as Hurricane Elsa moves through. Here are the latest numbers:
Duke Energy - approximately 317 homes without power, primarily around St. Petersburg
Florida Power and Light - reports 450 homes without power in Sarasota County
TECO - no widespread outages reported
Mayor Kriseman calls in to discuss Elsa in St. Pete.
Harsh waters and heavy winds began hitting St. Pete Pier as Adam Walser chats with vacationers.
Clearwater beach began to see high winds and beachgoers head inside for safety.
Mayor Jane Castor called in to tell us how to city plans to handle Hurricane Elsa and her hopes for the Lightning game tomorrow.
Elsa has strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane as it approaches Tampa Bay
HURRICANE ELSA | NWS radar here in Ruskin shows Elsa’s winds are up to 75 mph making it a category 1 hurricane. We’re live on ABC Action News with the latest all night. @abcactionnews #HurricaneElsa #Elsa pic.twitter.com/AOAlCIl7e7— Jason Adams (@JasonAdamsWFTS) July 6, 2021
Governor Ron DeSantis called in to explain the state response to Elsa and the collapse in Surfside, Florida.
Publix grocery stores across the Tampa Bay area will close their doors at 8 p.m. Tuesday night and not reopen until Wednesday morning due to Tropical Storm Elsa.
Click the map below to see the closing and opening times for the stores near you.
Traffic to #ClearwaterBeach via Memorial Causeway is being restricted to residents, business owners and tourists who are staying at the beach. If you’re looking to sightsee or surf the waters, you’ll be turned around. pic.twitter.com/JnBQFMt0mM— Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department (@clearwaterfire) July 6, 2021
St. Pete crews bagged and loaded into vehicles nearly 23,000 sandbags pre-storm. We try to make it easy on our residents but keeping folks in their vehicles. Your tax dollars working for you.— Rick Kriseman (@Kriseman) July 6, 2021
Bayshore Boulevard flooded last year with Hurricane Eta. With Elsa on the way, Reporter Julie Salomone says flooding is possible again
Reporter Erik Waxler was at St. Pete beach and caught up with people enjoying the beaches as Elsa approaches
Lots of tourists are in the Tampa Bay area, but as Elsa approaches, they are respecting the storm and being safe. Reporter Ryan Smith has the latest
Longboat Key weather conditions are starting to pick up with Tropical Storm Elsa on the way to Tampa Bay. Reporter Wendi Lane has the latest
Gov. DeSantis held a press conference to discuss Elsa's impact on Florida.
- At this time, 33 counties are included in DeSantis' state of emergency order
- The State of Emergency Operations is now a Level 1 operation, which means they will be working 24/7
- Roads will be dangerous as storms pass throughout the night, do NOT joy ride
- If you are using a generator, do NOT have the exhaust anywhere near your home
Governor DeSantis expanded the State of Emergency for Tropical Storm Elsa. The State of Emergency now includes the following counties: Alachua, Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Marion, Monroe, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota, Sumter, Suwanee, Taylor and Wakulla counties. DeSoto, Hardee and Miami-Dade counties are no longer under a State of Emergency due to the changed projected path of Tropical Storm Elsa.
- Governor DeSantis made further changes to the State of Emergency for Tropical Storm Elsa. As of 4:21 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, the following counties were added for the State of Emergency: Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, and Union. Additionally, Franklin County was removed.
The weather seems clear for several parts of the bay area but Elsa still looms on the horizon.
Right now, Tarpon Springs is getting ready for Elsa's impact and people are making their last-minute preparations. Reporter Haley Bull has the latest info
Residents in Longboat Key are no strangers to flooding, they experienced it after Tropical Storm Eta and now with Elsa approaching, they say they are taking it seriously.
Reporter Robert Boyd spoke to some residents on Dandy Beach as they prepare for Tropical Storm Elsa
Due to Tropical Storm Elsa, the Tampa International Airport will be closing at 5 p.m. Tuesday
People who live near the shore acres community in St. Pete are busy getting sandbags to prepare for the storm. ABC action news reporter Adam Walser is at the Mangrove Bay Park where city employees have been hard at work.
The entire Tampa Bay area is under a HURRICANE WARNING as Tropical Storm Elsa continues to strengthen as it approaches the region. Maximum sustained winds are 70 miles per hour with higher gusts. ABC Action News goes on the air at 3 p.m. with live coverage!
Elsa Update: Here are all the updated Watches and Warnings. Again, winds are up from 60 to 70 mph. These winds are in a small part of the storm, but the end result is a change of status to the storm. Bottom line, the worst comes through tonight. We're LIVE on air at 3. pic.twitter.com/TF2uhVsOYH— Denis Phillips (@DenisPhillipsWx) July 6, 2021