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Tropical Storm Elsa: What To Know & What To Do

With Hurricane Season 2021 underway, Floridians across the state must watch and monitor as new named storms begin to form in the Atlantic. While still early in the cycle, South Floridians and Central Floridians alike are already preparing for the first storm to come our direction: Tropical Storm Elsa. While Elsa may be making landfall as a tropical storm, it’s important to be aware of what that means for you, your family, and your home. Make no mistake – just because Elsa is a tropical storm does not mean it should be treated lightly. Rather than be scrambling for the answers when it’s too late, here’s what you need to know about Tropical Storm Elsa.

What To Know About Hurricane Season 2021’s Tropical Storm Elsa

Tropical Storm Elsa is an Atlantic storm that formed on June 30th, just the third named storm this year. Before reaching Florida, it became a category 1 hurricane before making landfall over the western part of Cuba. While it was initially expected to cross directly over the Florida Keys and Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, it has turned left towards the Gulf of Mexico and the western coast of Florida. 

Elsa officially made landfall in Florida on Tuesday, July 6th, with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour. Much of the western coast of Florida is actively under a hurricane warning as Elsa inches forward along the coast. 

With 70mph winds, Elsa is expected to become a category 1 hurricane once again at 75mph, and with the Gulf’s typically warm waters, it’s highly likely. Much of the east coast is expected to receive heavy rainfall from the outer bands, while the west coast will feel the brunt of the rain and wind. Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to continue its path up the west coast and begin to turn left on Wednesday, July 7th just north of Tampa.

How To Protect Your Home Or Business Against Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

As Tropical Storm Elsa inches its way towards Florida, it’s crucial that you properly protect your home or business. While typically not considered a major storm, tropical storms and category 1 hurricanes still bring significantly devastating winds, rains, and flooding with them, especially storms that ride the coast such as Elsa. 

We strongly recommend having your shutters closed to protect windows and against projectiles launched from the strong winds. If you do not have shutters, use wood panels to secure any potential hazard. 

If you are located along the west coast of Florida, take the necessary precautions to safeguard your belongings as best as possible from potential flooding. If your local or state officials have requested an emergency evacuation, do so. Do not try and stay put. This is an unnecessary risk that puts you and your family in danger. 

What To Do If Your Home or Business Has Been Damaged By A Tropical Storm or Hurricane

If your home or business has been damaged by Tropical Storm Elsa, don’t panic. It can feel like all hope is lost if you’ve experienced any sort of storm damage, from roof damage to flooding, but you’re not alone. Whatever storm damage you’ve experienced from Elsa, the team at Reliant Adjusters Group can help. We work directly with clients who’ve gone through the same and their insurance providers to get them the best claim return possible. We take the time to really understand your situation and fight for you and your family in this time of crisis. 

If you’ve been affected by storm damage, water damage, or roof damage caused by Tropical Storm Elsa, contact Reliant Adjusters Group. Our team is ready to assist and provide you with a free consultation. Simply give us a call at (561) 929-9826 to get started today. 

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