TROPICAL STORM ELSA UPDATE
6 a.m. Wednesday, July 7
Key points from the National Weather Service (6 a.m. Wednesday)
Atlantic Beach prepping for Tropical Storm Elsa
The City of Atlantic Beach is taking steps to prepare for potential impacts from Tropical Storm Elsa as the storm continues to move north. Also, we are in continuous dialogue with Duval County emergency preparedness officials and our Beaches partner cities. Further updates will be provided, as necessary.
Please know that every decision will be made with safety as Priority No. 1 and protecting property as Priority No. 2. Please review your hurricane plan with your family. For information on hurricane preparedness and to get the City of Atlantic Beach’s latest updates, visit www.jaxready.com, www.hurricanes.gov/prepare and www.coab.us/elsa..
The Duval County weather forecast anticipates most impacts from Elsa will result from the bands of thunderstorms circulating to the east and northeast of the system. The most likely time to realize tropical storm force winds in Duval County will be between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday. A Flood Watch is in effect for coastal Duval County, south-central Duval County and western Duval County. Impacts from Elsa are expected to include:
City services impacted
Emergency plans should be finalized. Emergency supply kits should be fully stocked. Continue to monitor official forecast sources. Clear debris from gutters and storm drains. Secure any loose, lightweight outdoor items. Prepare for flooding rainfall.
The Atlantic Beach Police Department Incident Management Team (IMT) is coordinating the City of Jacksonville Emergency Preparedness Division to carry out the Community Safety and Storm Response plan. The IMT is attending all National Weather Service briefings and providing information to the City of Atlantic Beach public information officer. Additionally, Atlantic Beach police officers are standing by on-call, ready to respond, if needed.
Storm drains and retention ponds
Additional public works measures
Chain saws have been serviced and blades have been sharpened in preparation for tree removal. Work crews are standing by on-call, ready to respond, if needed.
Dangerous surf conditions
Lifeguards remain on duty during normal operational hours with limited personnel. Please be aware of water and weather conditions. Ocean conditions are already worsening. If you are in the water, please stay within 500 feet of a lifeguard chair.
The City of Atlantic Beach’s updates about Elsa are being made via:
All updates will be posted on the City of Atlantic Beach Facebook Page and website before being posted/broadcast on other platforms.
Non-emergency Tropical Storm Elsa hotline
Call (904) 247-5804 (please leave a message if the phone is not answered) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. People with public safety and medical emergencies should dial 911.
Additional information pertaining to preparing for Tropical Storm Elsa:
Questions about the City of Atlantic Beach’s preparation for Tropical Storm Elsa may be directed to Deputy City Manager Kevin Hogencamp at email@example.com or (904) 247-5804.