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Tampa Bay Area Residents Reporting Minimal Elsa Damage To Officials

A tree fell down on the road
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office/Twitter
Fallen trees and debris have been spotted across the Tampa Bay area by the impacts of Elsa.

Tropical Storm Elsa, downgraded from a hurricane overnight Wednesday, caused minimal damage to the Tampa Bay Area, but people still experienced some power outages and fallen trees in the middle of roads.

As Tropical Storm Elsa continues to move away from the Tampa Bay Area, only minimal damage has been reported to officials.

Debris and fallen trees

People have reported fallen trees in the middle of roads or on their cars and power outages throughout the area.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, there have been a few reports regarding road debris in Brandon, Town ‘n’ Country, Riverview and Carrollwood.

In Brandon and Town ‘n’ Country, a fallen tree was found on top of a car. In Riverview and Carrollwood, trees and branches were reported in the middle of some roads.

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Power outages

Power outages were also experienced throughout the region.

“There were about 26,000 people across Florida experiencing power outages,” said Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida, during his news press for updates on Tropical Storm Elsa. “Most of those are in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties.”

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, just over 2,701 Duke Energy customers were reported without power. TECO has about 2,246 without power.

Road closures

According to the Tampa Police Department, North Bayshore has reopened between South Rome Avenue and West Swann Avenue after being closed earlier due to high tide and high winds.

Reporting damage

Officials in the Tampa Bay area are still monitoring Elsa as it moves further away. Storm surges are expected in coastal areas.

People suffering certain damages from the hurricane or who see debris on roads are encouraged to contact local officials for help.

In Tampa, residents can click here to see which number to call for service.

Leonardo Santos is the WUSF Rush Family Social Media Intern for the fall of 2021, his second straight semester with WUSF.
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