Elsa Update Tampa Bay: Power outages in the area, sandbag closures, etc.


Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to bring wind, rain and storm surges to the greater Tampa Bay area starting Tuesday.

It causes cancellations and closings as people brace for the worst.

Here is a list of what we know so far:

Power outages

As of 1 a.m., Duke Energy reported that more than 1,000 sites in the area were without power, along with nearly 10,600 TECO customers. Florida Power & Light had nearly 2,300 residents in Manatee and Sarasota counties facing outages.

Customers experiencing power outages can text, call or contact their local provider online.

  • Duke Energy customers can text “OUT” to 57801 or call 800-228-8485
  • Tampa Electric customers can text “OUT” to 27079 or call 877-588-1010
  • Florida Power customers can text 69375 to register or call 1-800-4OUTAGE
  • Lakeland Electric customers can call an automated breakdown hotline at (863) 834-4248.


Tampa International Airport suspends flights from Tuesday at 5 p.m. and air cargo operations at 10 p.m. It plans to resume operations at 10 a.m. on Wednesday after assessing the property for potential damage from the storm. Follow @FlyTPA on Twitter for the latest updates.

the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport will cease operations at 6:30 p.m. and reopen at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday after assessing the airport for storm damage.

All courses at University of South Florida will be delivered remotely on Tuesday and Wednesday. Residences and restaurants on the Tampa and St. Petersburg campuses will remain open.

All courses at Southeast Nova UniversityThe Tampa regional campus was suspended for Tuesday.

Hillsborough Community College, Florida’s New College and Florida State College, Manatee-Sarasota campus closed Tuesday. St. Petersburg College switched to online courses only on Tuesday.

Tampa Parks and Recreation parks, programs and facilities will be closed from noon Tuesday through Wednesday. Please contact your local recreation center directly for any summer camp pickup issues. Call 1-833-TPA-INFO for the Tampa emergency line.

Temple Terrace City Facilities including City Hall, Public Works, Public Library, Omar K. Lightfoot Center and Family Recreation Complex will close at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The distribution of sandbags will also cease at this time.

  • City Hall and Public Works will reopen at noon on Wednesday, July 7, while the Public Library, Lightfoot Center and Family Recreation Complex will open at 1 p.m. Youth programs are canceled for Wednesday.

Hillsborough County offices and facilities will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Hillsborough Transportation Authority (HART) will cease all service Tuesday at 8 p.m. in anticipation of Elsa’s effects. HART plans to restore service on Wednesday, July 7 at 10 a.m. if it is deemed safe.

Apollo Beach Nature Reserve will be closed Tuesday.

Hillsborough, Hernando and Pasco Schools will close from Tuesday afternoon, with plans to keep schools closed until Wednesday. Pinellas has also canceled summer schools and all extracurricular activities.

Largo will close its town hall and all town facilities at 3 p.m. Tuesday. The meeting of the municipal commission scheduled for Tuesday is also closed.

Sarasota Cityadministrative offices will be closed on Tuesday. Late Tuesday, they announced that they were resuming their scheduled services early Wednesday.

Sarasota Parks and Recreation will not host summer camps and other programs on Tuesday. It will also close its swimming pools and the following locations:

  • Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex, 2650 Waldemere St.
  • Lido Pool, 400 Benjamin Franklin Dr.
  • Nature trails at Bobby Jones Golf Club, 1000 Circus Blvd.
  • Payne Park Tennis Center, 2050 Adams Ln.
  • Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St.
  • Bayfront Community Center, 803 N. Tamiami Tr.
  • Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Tr.

For more information on the reopening, visit LetsPlaySarasota.com or the department’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CityofSarasotaParksandRec

Courthouse in Pinellas County will be closed as of 2 p.m. Tuesday while the courthouses of Pasco County will remain open until the end of the day. However, courthouses in both counties will be closed on Wednesday, July 7.

  • All courthouses will resume their activities as usual on Thursday, July 8, 2021.
  • As for the first appearances Wednesday in Pinellas County, all types – including misdemeanor and felony – will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the County Justice Center in Clearwater.
  • The first appearances in Pasco County on Wednesday will be at noon at the Robert D. Sumner Court Center in Dade City. While the majority of hearings scheduled for Wednesday are to be rescheduled to an unknown future date, all injunction hearings in Pinellas County that were scheduled for Wednesday at a particular time will be held at the exact same time on Thursday.

Evacuations and shelters

Hernando County ordered a voluntary evacuation of residents of Coastal Zone A, mobile homes, low-lying and flood-prone areas. The county has opened a resident’s shelter that accepts pets and will also serve people with special needs at the enrichment center, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd. Brooksville.

Pinellas County will open two shelters at 9 a.m. Tuesday for residents:

  • The Lealman Exchange Shelter, 5175 45th St. N in St. Petersburg, will open its doors to the general population, people with special needs and people with pets.
  • The Ross Norton Recreation Center Refuge, 1426 S. Martin Luther King Jr. in Clearwater, will be open to the general population.

Hillsborough County opened a refuge on Tuesday at 8 a.m. for residents:

  • The shelter is located at Riverview High School, 11311 Boyette Road in Riverview. The refuge will open at 8 a.m.
  • The shelter is for people who depend on electricity for their medical needs at home or who live in prefabricated houses and housing that are susceptible to storm damage. Animals will be accepted.

Pasco County opened a shelter Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. as a last resort for anyone wishing to leave their homes before Tropical Storm Elsa. This will be at the Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter, 11611 Denton Ave, Hudson, FL 34667. Transportation to and from the shelter will not be provided. Call Pasco County Customer Service at 727.847.2411 with any questions or concerns.

Tampa has set up a citizen hotline to help residents prepare. It will be open Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1-833-TPA-INFO (872-4636), and will be available in English and Spanish. Residents can also text TAMPAREADY at 888-777 or TAMPALISTA (for Spanish) at 888-777 to receive real-time emergency text alerts.

Sand bags


Available daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (limit is 10 bags per family and ID or utility bill is required to prove residency)

  • 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


Available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Linda Pedersen Park, 6300 Shoal Line Boulevard, Spring Hill

Not co :

Available 24 hours a day.

  • WH Jack Mitchell, Jr., Park: 4825 Little Road, New Port Richey
  • Veterans Memorial Park: 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
  • Magnolia Valley Golf Course: 7223 Massachusetts Avenue, New Port Richey
  • Pasco County Public Works (C-Grange): 30908 Warder Road, San Antonio

Pinellas County

Open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to noon or while stocks last. (Limit 20 per person)

  • John Chesnut Sr. Park: 2200 East Lake Road in Palm Harbor
  • Walsingham Park: 12615 102nd Avenue, Seminole, Florida 33778

Pinellas Park

Available from 8 am until any time the weather conditions are dangerous. Residents are limited to 10 bags and must present a valid water bill and / or driver’s license

  • Helen Howarth Park: 6301 94th Ave N. Pinellas Park, Florida
  • Pinebrook Park: 7202 118th Ave N. Pinellas Park, Florida
  • Broderick Park: 6101 66th Ave N. Pinellas Park, Florida


Available from 9 a.m. on Tuesday

  • Northeast Park, 875 62nd Avenue NE. (located at the Cardinal Drive entrance to the Mangrove Bay golf course)
  • James “JC” Turner Fields, 643 22nd Avenue South. (located on the south side of Bartlett Park) sandbags will be distributed in the field parking lot.
  • Northwest Pool, 2331 60th Street N. Sandbags will be distributed in the pool parking lot.

Clear water

Available until 4 p.m. Tuesday or while supplies last. There is a limit of 10 bags and proof of residency may be required.

  • Vacant lot at 761 Pierce Street.


Available from 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday (limit is 10 bags per family and ID or utility bill is required to prove residency)

  • Al Barnes Park South, 2902 N. 32nd St.
  • Himes Avenue Complex, 4501 S. Himes Ave.
  • MacFarlane Park, 1700 North MacDill Avenue

Temple terrace

Available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (The limit is 10 bags per family and ID or utility bill is required to prove residency)

  • Sports complex located at 10369 US Highway 301


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