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Tropical Storm Elsa Update #4 Weather Update and Sandbag Information

Press release from Alachua County

Tropical Storm Elsa (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) moved out of Cuba overnight and is now west of the Florida Keys. All of Alachua County is under a Tropical Storm Watch, and Alachua County west of I-75 is under a Tropical Storm Warning. Tropical storm force winds are expected to impact Alachua County as early as tonight into tomorrow morning.

The entire County will likely experience tropical storm force winds, but the west side of the County, as well as open areas like fields and lakes, will experience stronger tropical storm force winds. Homeowners should clear their yards of debris and items that may be picked up by wind and cause damage to homes. Those who live in a flood prone area or feel their home is unsafe should consider staying with family or friends, or in a hotel.

View the latest Weather Impact Overview slides from the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.

In preparation for possible heavy rainfall due to Tropical Storm Elsa, and in light of how saturated the ground is currently, Alachua County has sandbags available for residents today, Tuesday, July 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Wayside Park (11855 N.W. US 441, Gainesville). There is a limit of 10 bags per person.

Residents wishing to pick up sandbags can access the pick-up site via CR 237 and Eastbound N.W. 126th Ave. To control traffic and expedite the pick-up process, please follow the directions below to access the pick-up site. Access to the site via westbound N.W. 120th Lane and northbound NW 59th Terrace will not be permitted.

From Northbound US 441 (From Gainesville)
Turn Right onto CR 237 (at the Dollar General)
Turn Right onto N.W. 126th Ave
Turn Right onto N.W. 59th Terrace to access Wayside Park (at the Sunoco Convenience Store)

From Southbound US 441 (From Alachua)
Turn Left onto CR 237 (at the Dollar General)
Turn Right onto N.W. 126th Ave
Turn Right onto N.W. 59th Terrace to access Wayside Park (at the Sunoco Convenience Store)

View a map of the distribution site with driving directions.

Visit the National Hurricane Center’s website for current storm information.

Learn more about how to prepare for a major storm event.

Sign up for the Alert Alachua Emergency Notification System (to receive important storm notifications).

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