Tampa Bay area residents report minimal damage from Elsa to officials

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

Debris and fallen trees

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

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, there have been a few reports of 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 have been reported in the middle of some roads.

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Power outages

Power outages were also recorded across the region.

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

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

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.

Report damage

Officials in the Tampa Bay area are still watching Elsa as she walks away. Storm surges are expected in coastal areas.

People suffering from certain hurricane damage or who see debris on the roads are encouraged to contact local authorities for assistance.

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

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