The Point, July 8, 2021: Tropical Storm Elsa Makes Landfall On Nature Coast, Sweeps Through North Central Florida With Heavy Rain


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Elsa’s aftermath

• Florida Storms: Elsa Makes Landfall In Florida’s Big Bend. “Elsa made landfall as a tropical storm late Wednesday morning along Florida’s Nature Coast in Taylor County with top sustained winds of 65 mph.”

• News4Jax: Elsa’s first local strike: Tornado touches down in Columbia County. “The National Weather Service estimates an EF-0 tornado with winds of 75 mph caused the damage. It left a path about 100 yards wide and was on the ground for about a mile. The tornado was reported near SR-47, where toppled pine trees and debris could be seen all along the roadway.”

• Florida Times-Union ($): 10 injured after suspected tornado tumbles trailers at Kings Bay submarine base RV park. “A suspected tornado ripped through parts of Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Wednesday afternoon in St. Marys, Ga., leaving multiple injuries in its wake, according to the U.S. Navy.”

• Bradenton Herald ($): Hurricane Elsa adds 6 million gallons to Piney Point pond, but patch remains in place. “Ahead of the storm, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection announced that operators took necessary precautions to secure equipment and ensure the ponds had enough capacity to hold the incoming rainfall.”

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The news not about Elsa

• Associated Press: 10 More Bodies Have Been Discovered At The Site Of The Florida Condo Collapse. “The 14th day of the search yielded the highest number of bodies found in a single day and pushed the death toll up to 46. During a news conference, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava repeatedly tried not to weep, paused and shook her head as she described the effect of the tragedy on rescue workers and the families of the victims.”

• Miami Herald ($): ‘I want to truly say thank you’: Surfside community reflects as rescue mission ends. “The mood in Surfside was somber Wednesday night, shortly after officials broke the news to family members and loved ones that the 14-day rescue mission to find living victims of the Champlain Towers South collapse would transition into a recovery effort, with no expectation of finding survivors.”

• WMFE: Ocala City Manager Holds Onto Job After Controversial Firing Of Fire Chief. “The city manager fired Shane Alexander after reports that he was campaigning to replace city councilmen and secure the top job for himself. Four of the five council seats are up for election in September.”

• WFLA-Tampa Bay: Lightning strikes twice: Tampa Bay repeats as Cup champion. “The scene couldn’t have been any further from the mirthless, empty arena where the Lightning won the Cup last September in a quarantined bubble across the continent in Edmonton, Alberta. Tampa Bay joined Pittsburgh as the only back-to-back Cup winner in the salary-cap era, but even more impressively did it amid virus protocols with the shortest span between championships in the long history of the NHL.”

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