Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall in Florida Wednesday, battering the state with wild winds and heavy rainfall — and leaving tens of 1000’s of individuals with out energy earlier than it weakened and churned north, in keeping with officers.
The storm slammed into Taylor County on Florida’s Gulf Coast about 11 a.m. with sustained winds of 65 mph, in keeping with the Nationwide Hurricane Heart.
By 2 p.m., the winds had eased to 50 mph because it handed via the Tallahassee space — however not earlier than it knocked out energy for some 26,000 clients, largely in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties, which encompass Tampa Bay, in keeping with clickorlando.com
Crews had been working to revive energy however no hospitals have reported an outage, which has been a serious downside throughout previous storms, Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned.
Heavy rain additionally purchased some flooding to coastal counties, nonetheless, the Sunshine State was spared from the intense hurt authorities had braced for.
DeSantis informed a information convention Wednesday that no main structural injury or storm deaths had been reported.
“It’s positively loads higher than anticipated contemplating it was imagined to be a hurricane that hit,” Melissa Roper, who lives in Steinhatchee, not removed from the place Elsa got here ashore, informed the Related Press.
“We’re fairly lucky.”
“I used to be truthfully anticipating loads worse ’trigger I noticed like 65-mph winds and, I used to be like, ‘Oh Lord, I’m on the highway with these winds,’” Eric Pagan, who lives in Orlando, informed native NBC-affiliate WESH.
The climate system had briefly reached hurricane power earlier than it made landfall in western Florida on Wednesday morning — and is predicted to swirl northeast to Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia earlier than transferring into the Atlantic Ocean by Friday, forecasters mentioned.
With Submit wires