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July 4, 2021 – Tropical Storm Elsa is in the Caribbean about 800 miles away from Flagler County, but the current indications are that she will still be packing a punch upon arrival Tuesday into Wednesday – causing potentially heavy rain, strong winds, and possibly downed trees and power lines.
Flagler County Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord is asking businesses and residents to use Monday to ensure disaster supply kits are stocked, and to secure outdoor items that could become projectiles.
“We’ve been getting a lot of rain, which means our soil is saturated and there is a greater possibility we’ll have downed trees – and therefore downed power lines,” Lord said. “If we have downed power lines, some people will lose electricity. Be ready for it.”
What Flagler County can expect when the forces of Elsa arrive are:
· Tropical-storm strength winds over 39 mph
· 2 to 4 inches of rain, locally heavier in some areas
· Localized roadway flooding in low-lying areas
· Downed trees
Secure lightweight lawn items such as:
· Patio furniture
· Garden ornaments
· Small potted plants
“Also remember to check flashlight batteries, and generators if you have them,” Lord said. “We could see some power outages.”
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Media Release: Julie Murphy, MPIO