Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for SWFL coastal counties ahead of Elsa.
DeSantis said he signed an order of declaration on Saturday morning ahead of a press conference in Surfside where a building collapsed last week.
“I think what we are dealing with is a strong tropical storm right on the edge of a Category 1 hurricane but fortunately has gone just a little bit below,” DeSantis said.
In Southwest Florida, the emergency order applies to Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties among others, DeSantis said.
Elsa was downgraded to a Tropical Storm after the 11 a.m. advisory.
Elsa is currently located about 40 miles south of Isla Beata Dominican Republic and about 350 miles east of Kingston, Jamaica with maximum sustained wind of 70 mph.
The storm continues to race to the west-northwest at 29 mph.