Hurricane Elsa Updates

This page will be updated frequently with the latest information on Hurricane Elsa.
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Updates from City of Treasure Island.

UPDATE: July 7, 9:30 a.m.
- Downgraded from its hurricane status, Tropical Storm Elsa has passed the Treasure Island area.
- Turn around, don't drown. Only six inches of water can sweep you off your feet and one foot can carry away cars. 
- Winds are creating high surf along beaches, creating a risk for rip currents. The best idea is to stay out of the water until the surf calms. 
- Non-emergency issues can be reported at SeeClickFix
- Beach access restrictions for Treasure Island have been lifted

UPDATE: July 6, 11:15 p.m.
- Elsa is still at hurricane strength with 75 mph sustained winds. Elsa is about 50 miles southwest of the Tampa Bay area and moving north at 14 mph. (Source: National Weather Service)
- Hurricane Elsa is now scraping Florida's west coast, including Treasure Island, and will continue to push northward through the Gulf of Mexico through early Wednesday with storm surge, high winds, flooding rain and isolated tornadoes.
- Heavy rains and gusty winds are currently impacting our area. 
- A Tornado Watch has been issued for the Treasure Island area until 8 a.m.
- Hurricane warnings continue for areas near the west coast of Florida from Tampa Bay northward to Steinhatchee. This warning, meaning hurricane conditions are expected, includes Tampa, St. Petersburg, Treasure Island.

UPDATE: July 6, 7:30 p.m.
A Hurricane Warning, Storm Surge Warning, Tornado Watch, Flood Watch, and a Beach Hazards Statement have been issued for Pinellas County.
Possible Impacts From Elsa:

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Sustained tropical storm force winds with gusts of up to 80 mph are expected across Pinellas County beginning this evening (07/06) through tomorrow morning (07/07).

- There is a slight risk for tornadoes or waterspouts to develop.
- Current rainfall forecasts indicate 4” – 6” with isolated amounts up to 8” is possible. Recent rainfall and ground saturation could exacerbate localized flooding and increase the potential for high winds to uproot trees.
- Above normal tides of 3’ – 5’ are expected overnight tonight (07/06) into early tomorrow (07/07) along the coastal areas of Pinellas County as Elsa moves parallel to and north of Pinellas County. These above normal tides may impede drainage of rainfall, potentially exacerbating flooding concerns.
- Hazardous boating conditions, rough surf, and strong rip currents are possible as Elsa approaches the area now through the day tomorrow (07/07). In addition, some respiratory irritation associated with Red Tide is possible in some coastal areas.
- Access to the barrier islands, which includes Treasure Island, is now restricted and re-opening will be assessed post-storm.
- The County Information Center (CIC) is open 24/7 until further notice. Residents can call 727-464-4333.
Shelter In Place:
- Please stay home and don't drive. There could possibly be downed power lines, trees and flooding. 
- If your home begins to flood, turn off electrical breakers and gas.
- Run generators outside: If your electricity goes out and you use a generator, please keep it outside, not inside in a house or garage.
- The city of Treasure Island parking lots will be free to allow residents/visitors to move their vehicles to elevated areas.
-  How to report downed trees and powerlines: 
     + Treasure Island Porthole:
https://www.mytreasureisland.org/seeclickfix/index.php
     + Duke Energy: 1-800-POWER-ON

UPDATE: July 6, 12:42 p.m.

- City of Treasure Island Board of Commissioners has approved a State of Emergency Proclamation in advance of Tropical Storm Elsa. Click here to read the Emergency Proclamation.
- Impacts of Elsa are expected to begin hitting our area late Tuesday afternoon with the heaviest rain/wind/surge hitting overnight into early Wednesday. Residents are urged to shelter in place.
- Please stay home and don't drive. There could possibly be downed power lines, trees and flooding. 
- If your home begins to flood, turn off electrical breakers and gas.
- The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will limit barrier island access starting at 6 p.m. today until 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 7. Access will be permitted only for island residents, employees working on the islands and visitors staying at hotels or vacation rentals on the islands. 
- Please be patient and allow city crews to clear roadways of any debris after the storm passes.
- City of Treasure Island offices will close at noon today, July 6, and will also be closed Wednesday, July 7. Phone lines will still be open for residents to call. For Tropical Storm Elsa information, residents/visitors are encouraged to call the Pinellas County Information Center at 727-464-4333.
- Beginning at noon on July 6 and lasting through July 8, the city of Treasure Island parking lots will be free to allow residents to move their vehicles to elevated areas.
All lots will be free but lots recommended include:
+ The Community Center, 154 106th Ave
+ Gulf Front, Gulf Blvd & 104th Ave
+ Ring Billed Gull, W Gulf Blvd between 81st & 82nd Ave
+Tern, W Gulf Blvd and 77th Ave
- Treasure Island summer camp is canceled for July 6 and July 7.
- Residents living in low-lying areas or who have experienced flooding in the past may see flooding with Elsa. City officials encourage these residents to stay with family, friends, at a shelter or hotel.
Hotels available:
+ Bilmar Beach Resort - $129 plus tax
10650 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL 33706
(877) 834-0441
+ Treasure Bay Resort and Marina - $179 plus tax
11125 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL 33706
(727) 360-4400
+ Residence Inn by Marriott – call for pricing
11908 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL 33706
(727) 367-2761
+ FUSION Resort – 2 bedroom suites available (call for pricing)
290 107th Ave, Treasure Island, FL 33706
(727) 300-6866

UPDATE: July 6, 9:35 a.m.
- City of Treasure Island offices will close at noon on Tuesday, July 6.
- Summer Camp is canceled for Wednesday, July 7.
- Residents are asked to set our garbage and yard waste now so it can be collected before the storm. 
- Treasure Island and Pinellas County are under a tropical storm warning, storm surge warning, flood watch and hurricane watch.
- Our area should start feeling the effects of Elsa Tuesday afternoon and into Wednesday morning. Those could include gusty winds, heavy rain and some storm surge in coastal areas. We could see wind gusts of 40 to 60 mph in some of the stronger bands of the storm, as well as 2 to 4 inches of rain.
- Residents may experience flooding in coastal and low-lying areas and loss of power due to downed trees and tree limbs Tuesday and Wednesday. Tornadoes and waterspouts also are possible.
- If you have any questions about Elsa and potential impacts, call the Pinellas County Information Center at (727) 464-4333.
- While no evacuation orders are in place, shelters will be opened at The Lealman Exchange shelter, located at 5175 45th St. N in St. Petersburg and Ross Norton Recreation Center,  located at 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr Ave. in Clearwater.
- Now would be a good time to check outside your home for any loose objects that could become projectiles in some of the stronger wind gusts.

UPDATE: July 6, 7:30 a.m.

- The Pinellas County coast, including Treasure Island, is now under a Hurricane Watch.
CANCELLATIONS/CLOSINGS:
- Treasure Island Summer Camp is canceled for Tuesday, July 6.
- Treasure Bay Golf & Tennis is closed Tuesday, July 6.
- Treasure Island Building Department will close at noon Tuesday, July 6.

UPDATE: July 5, 7:10 p.m.
PREPARING FOR TROPICAL STORM ELSA:
- Prepare your home:
Clear your yard. Make sure there’s nothing that could blow around during the storm and damage your home. Move bikes, lawn furniture, grills, propane tanks, and building material inside or under shelter.
- Trash and recycling pickup: Garbage and yard waste should be set out early Tuesday morning, July 6, to allow time to be collected. Recycling will not be collected. Please keep recycling containers secure.
- How to report downed trees and powerlines: 
     + Treasure Island Porthole:
https://www.mytreasureisland.org/seeclickfix/index.php
     + Duke Energy: 1-800-POWER-ON
- Run generators outside: If your electricity goes out and you use a generator, please keep it outside, not inside in a house or garage.
- Flooding: Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches, along with gusty winds and higher tides than normal, are possible late Tuesday and into early Wednesday. Residents may experience flooding in coastal and low-lying areas. At times tide times and storm surge may lower water levels, but there may be storm tidal surge afterward.
     + Tropical Storm Surge Flooding Risk Map: https://storm.pinellascounty.org/
- More information on getting storm ready: www.mytreasureisland.com/hurricaneprep
- County Information Center: 727-464-4333
- Sign up for Alert T.I. to get storm updates and emergency information. Sign up at pinellascounty.org/alertpinellas

WATCHES & WARNINGS:
- Pinellas County, including the city of Treasure Island, is now under a Tropical Storm Warning.
- All of Pinellas County is under a Flood Watch.
- A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for our area.

CANCELLATIONS/CLOSINGS:
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Treasure Island Summer Camp is canceled for Tuesday, July 6.

- Treasure Bay Golf & Tennis is closed Tuesday, July 6.
- Treasure Island Building Department will close at noon Tuesday, July 6.

AFTER THE STORM: 
• If your property suffers any damage from Hurricane Elsa, the structure can be secured. Demolition (removal of drywall, removal of doors and/or cabinets, etc.) is only allowed with an early start permit. Please notify the Community Development Department at (727) 547-4575 ext. 230 BEFORE you begin any repairs. Staff will be happy to assist you with any questions regarding required building permits. 

UPDATE: July 5, 4:12 p.m.
A Storm Surge Warning has been issued for our area.
Summer Camp is canceled for Tuesday, July 6

Treasure Bay will be closed Tuesday, July 6
Treasure Island Building Department will close at noon July 6

UPDATE: July 5, 11:20 a.m.

  • Pinellas County, including the city of Treasure Island, is now under a Tropical Storm Warning.
  • All of Pinellas County is under a Flood Watch.
  • Pinellas County Board of Commissioners has declared a State of Emergency ahead of Elsa’s arrival.
  • If you have not yet, sign up for Alert T.I. to get storm updates and emergency information. Sign up at https://member.everbridge.net/453003085614894/login
  • Pinellas County has launched a new site to know your flooding risk. It can be found at www.storm.pinellascounty.org.
  • County Information Center remains open until 10 p.m.Call 727-464-4333.
  • The county has started to distribute sandbags. Sandbags are only recommended for residents who may experience flooding from rainfall. Sandbags are not recommended for storm surge from the bay or tidal waters.
UPDATE: July 4, 6:40 p.m.
Our area, including the city of Treasure Island, is now under a tropical storm watch and storm surge watch. City, county and state officials continue to monitor Elsa. Check back here and monitor local news for more updates. 
UPDATE: July 4, 5:57 p.m.:
A tropical storm watch has been issued for areas including the city of Treasure Island. The current models show a potential storm surge of up to 5 feet with impacts to our area beginning Tuesday evening. Pinellas Check your evacuation zone and storm surge flood risk at storm.pinellascounty.org. 
UPDATE: July 4, 11:38 a.m.:

City officials are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Elsa. Elsa has been downgraded to a tropical storm with winds of 60 mph. As of right now, if Elsa continues on its projected path, our area's biggest concern will be heavy rain with possible flooding. There is still a lot of uncertainty with this storm.
EARLIER UPDATES:
• The city of Treasure Island does not provide sandbags. The city relies on Pinellas County to provide residents with sandbags. As with any storm, your first priority is to make sure you have all the emergency supplies you need and figure out where you need to evacuate if needed.

Updates from Pinellas County government.

UPDATE: July 7, 3:15 p.m.
Elsa post-storm warnings and tips
Link to release from the county:
https://go.activecalendar.com/pinellascounty/site/pressrelease/event/elsa-post-storm-warnings-and-tips/

UPDATE: July 6, 1:50 p.m.
Residents urged to shelter in place ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa
UPDATE: July 6, 11:00 a.m.
County offices and park closures announced
Link to release from the county:

https://go.activecalendar.com/pinellascounty/site/pressrelease/event/pinellas-county-offices-and-park-closures-announced/

UPDATE: July 6, 7:48 a.m.
Pinellas County Consumer Protection warns against price gouging UPDATE: July 5, 7:20 p.m.
Pinellas County to open two shelters ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa
  • Pinellas County will open two shelters at 9 a.m. Tuesday for residents seeking emergency shelter from Tropical Storm Elsa.  
  • The Lealman Exchange shelter, located at 5175 45th St. N in St. Petersburg, will open for the general population, those with special needs and persons with pets.  
  • Ross Norton Recreation Center shelter, located at 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr Ave. in Clearwater, will open to the general population.  
  • As of 5 p.m. Monday, Pinellas County is under a Tropical Storm Warning, Storm Surge Warning and Flood Watch. Residents may experience flooding in coastal and low-lying areas and loss of power due to downed trees and tree limbs Tuesday and Wednesday. Tornadoes and waterspouts also are possible.  
  • Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority will offer free rides to the two shelters starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Pets will be permitted on evacuation buses as long as they are in a pet carrier. The latest information on PSTA bus service can be obtained by calling the InfoLine at 727-540-1900 or by visiting their website at https://psta.net/riding-psta/weather-alert/ 
UPDATE: July 4, 6:45 p.m.:
Pinellas County Declares a State of Emergency ahead of Elsa’s Arrival

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-150 declaring a state of emergency for 15 counties in the potential path of Tropical Storm Elsa. The Governor is urging Floridians in the southern part of the state to begin preparing for impacts as early as Monday, including heavy rain, flooding and potential storm surge.

By declaring a state of emergency, Governor DeSantis is ensuring that state and local governments have ample time, resources and flexibility to prepare. The State Emergency Operations Center activated to a Level 2 this morning, enhancing the coordination between federal, state and local emergency management agencies.

“This morning, I signed an Executive Order issuing a State of Emergency due to the threat of Tropical Storm Elsa,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “While we continue to provide resources to support the response at Surfside, impacts from Elsa will begin affecting the Florida Keys and portions of southern Florida as early as Monday. All Floridians in the potential path of this storm need to prepare for the risk of isolated tornadoes, storm surge, heavy rainfall and flash flooding.”

Full remarks on the state response and current status of Tropical Storm Elsa were delivered by Governer DeSantis at a press conference this evening. Watch here.

The severity and track of Tropical Storm Elsa remains uncertain. Due to this uncertainty, Governor DeSantis issued the State of Emergency for the following 15 counties:

Charlotte;
Citrus;
Collier;
DeSoto;
Hardee;
Hernando;
Hillsborough;
Lee;
Levy;
Manatee;
Miami-Dade;
Monroe;
Pasco;
Pinellas; and
Sarasota Counties.
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