‘Time to get prepared’: Lake County encouraging residents to prepare for Elsa, future storms

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. — Lake County is under a state of emergency Tuesday night as Elsa’s path could cause flooding issues throughout the area.

The Emergency Operations Center has been activated to level two, which means crews are standing by with enhanced monitoring, tracking the storms in case things get worse.

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EOC deputy director Megan Milanese expects the worst of the impacts to come through the west of the area overnight.

“Mostly heavy rainfall,” Milanese said. “We may have some flash flooding as well, so it’s more of that urban flooding, streets getting high levels of water, and we may also see some winds.”

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Those winds could be up to 50 mph.

The county has opened up the Citizens Information Line at 352-253-9999 for anyone who wants to know how to prepare or how the storm could impact them.

Milanese said even if Lake doesn’t see strong storms, Elsa could serve as a reason to get your prep done now for the rest of the season.

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“What we’re really emphasizing right now is this is the time to get prepared,” she said. “This is the first storm of the season to get that preparation plan in place. Make sure you have a communication plan with your friends and family. Make sure you have your kit together.”

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.