South Florida Cities, Counties Preparing for Potential Impact From Tropical Storm Elsa

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South Florida Cities, Counties Preparing for Potential Impact From Tropical Storm Elsa

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava signed a local state of emergency Saturday while Monroe County Emergency Management activated its Incident Management Team

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Officials across South Florida are preparing for the potential impact from what is now Tropical Storm Elsa as it moves toward the area early next week.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava signed a local state of emergency Saturday, allowing the county to mobilize resources if needed.

"There still is a lot of uncertainty about the path, but we are continuing to monitor closely and if there are any potential impacts to Miami-Dade we are ready," Cava said during a Saturday news conference.

Monroe County Emergency Management activated its Incident Management Team in preparation for the storm, which could make landfall in the Florida Keys by late Monday night.

“Now is the time to make sure you and your family have established an emergency plan and have a fully-stocked emergency supply kit,” Monroe County Emergency Management Director Shannon Weiner said.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Saturday a state of emergency has been issued for counties across the state, including Miami-Dade and Monroe.

Cities across the area are preparing as well, with the city of Lauderhill offering free sand until 5 pm Saturday at Veterans Park (7600 NW 50th Street). Bags and shovels will be available and all residents must show a valid government ID to show they live in the city.

Cooper City will be closing three parks on Monday: Bill Lips Sports Complex, Flamingo Park West and the Cooper City Sports Complex.

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