Posted July 5, 2021 | 7:51 p.m.
Update on Tropical Storm Elsa # 4
Hillsborough County, Florida (July 5, 2021) – Hillsborough County offices and facilities will close at 2 p.m. Tuesday as weather conditions are expected to deteriorate as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches.
Hillsborough County is now subject to a tropical storm warning. Although the center of Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to remain offshore as it passes through the Tampa Bay area, tropical storm winds could start to hit our area as early as Tuesday afternoon. Now is the time to finalize the preparations.
Hillsborough County Operations and Services
Hillsborough County offices and facilities will close at 2 p.m. Tuesday so employees and customers can return home safely.
Solid waste collection will continue on Tuesday, but may be suspended later today depending on weather conditions.
The Apollo Beach Nature Reserve will be closed on Tuesday.
Hillsborough County emergency officials and representatives from partner agencies are closely monitoring the storm’s forecast path and coordinating resources and operations to respond if necessary. Hillsborough County has declared a local state of emergency in response to Tropical Storm Elsa.
- Hillsborough County is making sandbags available Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon at these locations:
- Edward Medard Conservation Park, 6140 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City
- EG Simmons Conservation Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin
- Ed Radice Park, 14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa
The three sites have already distributed more than 18,000 sandbags today.
Hillsborough County residents are allowed a maximum of 10 sandbags per vehicle. Residents must present a piece of identification proving that they live in the county; a driver’s license or utility bill will serve as the appropriate identification. If you have any questions regarding this information, call (813) 272-5900.
The cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace also have sandbags available. Visit HCFLGov.net/sandbags for more information.
Shelters and evacuations
Hillsborough County has not issued any evacuation orders at this time.
Actions Residents Should Take
- Residents and visitors should pay close attention to weather forecasts and make decisions accordingly. Tropical Storm Elsa could bring heavy rain, destructive winds, frequent lightning and the possibility of tornadoes and a 2- to 4-foot storm surge to the Tampa Bay area, according to the National Weather Service.
- Finalize storm preparations and disaster kit content. The Hillsborough County 2021 Disaster Preparedness Guide, accessible through HCFLGov.net/StaySafe, is available in English and Spanish and has comprehensive information on how to prepare for any hazard.
- Clean gutters and drains, trim trees and hedges if necessary, and secure or store loose objects such as outdoor furniture, birdbaths and potted plants.
Plan to avoid being on the road as much as possible starting Tuesday evening, as driving conditions could become dangerous.
- Sign up for HCFL Alert, Hillsborough County’s official public notification system for emergency and urgent alerts. To receive messages by email, phone, and text, go to HCFLGov.net/StaySafe.
- Stay informed by following Hillsborough County on social media Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor. Check HCFLGov.net/StaySafe regularly for updates. For general county information, call (813) 272-5900, the county’s main information line.
Even though Tropical Storm Elsa has a limited impact on Hillsborough County, it is wise to keep in mind that the Atlantic hurricane season 2021 started only a month ago and the peak of the season. in our region is yet to come.