Florida Declares State of Emergency as Elsa Hits State

The executive order includes waivers for hours-of-service requirements for truck drivers.

July 07, 2021

Hurricane Elsa on the Horizon

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—As Hurricane Elsa gains momentum, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

“Elsa is tracking northward through the Gulf of Mexico and will bring heavy rain, strong winds gusts, storm surge and isolated tornadoes to Florida through Wednesday,” Weather.com reports. “Elsa will then spread some of its impacts up the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic coasts into late week.”

Because of the storm’s intensity, the governor’s executive order authorized a waiver for hours-of-service requirements for motor carriers or drivers operating commercial motor vehicles participating in emergency relief efforts through the transportation of equipment and supplies or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services. The Florida executive order expires on August 2.

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