TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – As Tropical Storm Elsa lashes Tampa Bay with heavy rain and strong wind gusts, various power outages across the area are being reported.
The latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center, issued at 8 a.m. ET, shows Elsa has 65 mph maximum sustained winds. Elsa had regained hurricane strength for several hours overnight as it moved over the warm Gulf of Mexico water.
According to the Tampa Electric Company website, a total of 1,987 customers are currently without power. Main outage areas include Ballast Point, where a cluster of over 800 people are without power in Ruskin.
As for Florida Power and Light, 3,542 customers are affected throughout the state of Florida. A total of 610 customers are without power in Sarasota County and 1,600 are in the dark in Manatee County.
Duke Energy customers in the area are affected, over 2,000 of those customers close to the St. Petersburg area.
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