Tropical Storm Elsa is forecast to pass close to the Tampa Bay area, though its long-range forecast is still uncertain. Many Tampa Bay area counties are issuing emergency orders. The Tampa International Airport,will be closing at 5pm today. The ZooTampa has closed, many of the summer schools have closed today and tomorrow.
Click or tap on your county below for closings, sandbag locations, shelter status, and other emergency information. Checkout Other related topics below for additional information and checklists
*Updates provided by Newschannel 8 and Fox13 Tampa Bay
Elsa closures and emergency information by county:
- Citrus County Elsa updates
- DeSoto County Elsa updates
- Hardee County Elsa updates
- Hernando County Elsa updates
- Highlands County Elsa updates
- Hillsborough County Elsa updates
- Manatee County Elsa updates
- Pasco County Elsa updates
- Pinellas County Elsa updates
- Polk County Elsa updates
- Sarasota County Elsa updates
- Sumter County Elsa updates
If you live in the city of Tampa, they’ve activated their emergency system. You can find more information here:
• City of Tampa Activates Emergency Hotline to Answer Questions About Tropical Storm Elsa and Help Residents Get Prepared | City of Tampa
• Hurricane Information | City of Tampa
If you live in unincorporated Hillsborough County, here are available resources:
• Hillsborough County – Storm Information
If you live in Plant City, here are available resources:
• Emergency Management | City of Plant City Florida (plantcitygov.com)
Even if you aren’t in one of these areas, all these online resources contain valuable resources – from evacuation zones to preparation guides to pet preparation to post-storm operations.
List of County Schools in the Area closing in preparation for Tropical Storm Elsa.
Citrus County School District
The Citrus County School District is monitoring the situation and said summer school could be affected by Elsa Tuesday or Wednesday.
The district will inform parents by phone and text if or when classes will be canceled. They will also make the announcement online as well.
Hardee County School District
The Hardee County School District will close Tuesday. It will make a decision at 3 p.m. Tuesday on whether to reopen Wednesday.
Hernando Schools and their district offices will be open Tuesday.
The district’s summer mobile and school drive-through programs will also operate as well.
Hernando Schools will decide on Tuesday whether to stay open Wednesday.
Hillsborough County Public Schools
Hillsborough County Schools will close all summer schools, HOST, athletic programs and after school programs starting June 6 at 1 p.m. as a safety precaution ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa.
All School and District-based sites will also close at this time, 1 p.m.
HCPS officials say the programs and locations will remain closed on July 7, and are expected to reopen on July 8. Curbside meal distributions will not happen on July 7 as a result of the storm closure.
School District of Manatee County
Schools were already closed since summer school is not in session this week. The School District of Manatee County will release updates on employees’ work status and the summer feeding program during the coming days some time Monday.
Pasco County Schools
Pasco County schools closed its PLACE programs as scheduled Monday.
Additionally, all Pasco County public schools and offices will close at 3 p.m. Tuesday and will remain closed on Wednesday due to potential impacts from Elsa.
Pinellas County Schools
Pinellas County Schools will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday during Tropical Storm Elsa’s journey through the Tampa Bay area.
Summer school programs, after-school care, and other school-related activities will also be canceled.
The district expects to be fully open on Thursday. In the meanwhile, Pinellas County Schools is working with Pinellas County Emergency Management to monitor Tropical Storm Elsa’s impact on the area.
Sarasota County Schools
Schools and district offices are closed all week.