Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference on Tuesday to provide updates on the state’s preparations for Tropical Storm Elsa.
“Earlier today, the National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for part of the west coast of Florida to reflect the increased force, ”DeSantis said.
“Elsa is expected to become a hurricane before it makes landfall, with the landing most likely appearing in the Great East Florida Bend or on the Natural Coast north of Tampa Bay tomorrow morning,” DeSantis added.
“Hurricane warnings are in place for the following seven counties: Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas,” DeSantis said.
“Tropical storm warnings are in place for 28 other counties,” the governor added.
DeSantis said tornado watch for South Florida was in place until 11 p.m. ET Tuesday night.
“The total number of counties under the state of emergency is now 33,” added DeSantis.
DeSantis said there are about 1,500 customers across the state experiencing power outages.
“We have between all the different public services more than 7,000 catering staff ready to respond to these outages,” said the governor.
DeSantis reminded residents of the importance of activating weather alerts.
“We expect a landing probably between 8 am ET and 9 am ET tomorrow, somewhere still on the natural coast or much of Florida,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis called on residents to heed warnings from local authorities.
“There have been no widespread evacuation orders,” the governor said.
DeSantis said officials don’t anticipate major changes to the storm’s path, but they will continue to work with the National Hurricane Center and share updates.
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