As of Friday afternoon, Elsa was a Category 1 hurricane entering the eastern Caribbean, but is forecast to downgrade to a tropical storm after interacting with Haiti and Cuba. The long-term forecast is not clear, but nearly all of Florida was in the NHC's forecast cone.
With that forecast in mind, Pasco County is making sandbags available at the following locations until further notice:
- W.H. Jack Mitchell, Jr., Park: 4825 Little Road, New Port Richey
- Veterans Memorial Park: 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
- Magnolia Valley Golf Course: 7223 Massachusetts Avenue, New Port Richey
- Pasco County Public Works (C-Barn): 30908 Warder Road, San Antonio
The sandbag sites are self-serve and open 24/7 to Pasco County residents. Sandbags are provided, but you must bring your own shovels to fill the bags. Crews will restock sand piles between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Pasco County Government has a series of Disaster Preparedness videos, including a tutorial on how to properly fill sandbags. You can watch them at www.PascoEmergencyManagement.com.