TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (FNN) – Governor Ron DeSantis announced that no major structural damages have been reported in the state as tropical storm Elsa passes through, during a press conference at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.
DeSantis added that no healthcare facilities have reported any power outages but have been in contact with local emergency response teams constantly.
The governor reminded drivers not to pass their vehicles in standing waters, as only 12 inches of running water can carry away most cars.
He also asked residents to report downed power lines and other structural damages to help emergency response teams, as well as reminding them not to use power generators in closed rooms if the electricity goes out.
“There have been more carbon dioxide deaths in the last four years due to situations like this,” he said.
DeSantis said that Elsa seemed to be losing strength as it reached the Big Bend area and Tampa Bay, on its way to Georgia.
Kevin Guthrie, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM), emphasized the importance of documenting structural damages both to help emergency response and for insurance claims.
Guthrie advised residents to post pictures of any damage to social media and tag the Florida Community Response Team (CERT) on Twitter to assess it.
As of yet, there have been no reports of deaths due to Elsa, but DeSantis added that “we have seen fatalities after the storm passes.”
DeSantis also commented on the ongoing search and rescue efforts in the Sunshine apartment complex in Miami and the impact the collapse has had on the survivors.
“Those buildings are a dime a dozen. You don’t think twice driving by. I’ve met with a lot of these families, would probably not think twice about living there in normal circumstances. It’s going to be tough to get anyone back on their feet”, he said.
“When the building was demolished I asked if they can go back in and take their possessions, every single one of (the rescue teams) said it was too dangerous,” he added.
DeSantis said he thought the Sunshine complex had “troubles from the start.”
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