The forecast has Tropical Storm Elsa making landfall somewhere in Citrus and Levy county as a Category 1 hurricane.
“We’re fairly confident of the track right now,” County Emergency Management Director Amanda Woodward said.
Citrus and other counties along the west-central coast are now under a hurricane warning, which means winds could reach 74-95 mph.
Woodward said the early arrival of winds should be here by 8 p.m. Tuesday. Major impacts from the storm, she said, will occur from 2 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Storm surge along the coast will be around 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. he Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said storm surge could be 3-5 feet. People driving on U.S. 19 are urged to be cautious.
Inland areas, including Inverness and Floral City, will have less of an impact from Elsa but people who live there should not let their guard down, she said.
Citrus County has issued a voluntary evacuation for low-lying areas west of U.S. 19 and all mobile homes, manufactured homes, and recreational vehicles throughout the county.
To find your evacuation zone, visit the county’s emergency management page at https://bit.ly/3hqBgA9
Shelters will open Tuesday at 6 p.m., at the following locations:
• Renaissance (Special Needs), 3630 W. Educational Path, Lecanto.
• Lecanto Primary (General Population & Pet Friendly), 3790 W. Educational Path, Lecanto.
What to bring to the shelter:
• A 72-hour supply of all required medications.
• All medical equipment and supplies (oxygen tanks, etc.) required for those with special needs.
• Personal information (identification with photo).
• Any special dietary needs or food (must be non-perishable).
• Extra batteries or an external power supply for electronic devices.
The citizen information line at 352-249-2775 will remain open until 9 p.m. Tuesday tonight to answer weather-related or preparedness questions about Tropical Storm Elsa.