TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Elsa, which was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm Wednesday morning, is bringing high surf, strong winds and rain to the Tampa Bay area.

WFLA’s Melanie Michael was on Bayshore Boulevard and said the “rain is sideways.”

“It is coming down like crazy, and it is very, very gusty,” Michael said.

There was concern a palm tree hanging over the roadway could come down.

“This is dangerously and precariously close to anyone who could be driving beneath this on Bayshore,” Michael said.

8 On Your Side has notified the city.

Elsa has retained its strength as it lashed the area with heavy rains and strong winds.

A tornado warning was in effect for Hernando, Sumter and Pasco counties until 1:30 a.m. A hurricane warning remains in effect from Egmont Key to the Steinhatchee River.

Waves near Bayshore Boulevard after Elsa

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Water covers road in Holmes Beach

Waves, heavy wind under John Ringling Causeway

Palm tree hangs over Bayshore

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