Orange County leaders discuss preparations ahead of T.S. Elsa’s impact on Florida

WINTER PARK, Fla. — Orange County leaders spoke Sunday about preparations underway ahead of the projected impact of Tropical Storm Elsa this week.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and others believe the system will not pose a great threat but are asking residents to prepare now for the possibility.

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Demings said the county has lowered lake levels in the Orlo Vista area as part of their preparations.

As of Sunday afternoon, the worst of the storm is projected to stay away from Central Florida. But officials know the track can always shift and overall damage can be unpredictable.

There are plenty of generators available at the Orange County Public Works Department for the county’s Traffic Engineering division, should traffic lights lose power. And officials from Orange County Fire Rescue will be going to assisted living facilities Monday to make sure they’re ready.

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Officials are also urging people to prepare just in case.

“Don’t get complacent,” said Carlos Durden with Orange County’s Office of Emergency Management. “Make sure your car is filled with gas because if this thing shifts any further east, we know everybody [is going to] run to the gas station.”

County leaders are also reminding residents to make sure their batteries are charged and to secure anything outside that could be blown around, including lawn furniture.

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Demings said the county has no plans to open shelters at this point, but they are going to be on conference calls frequently with the state as they monitor the storm.

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