Tropical Storm Elsa Update For Florida Keys Residents
If you are in the Florida Keys, you may want to check out our Tropical Storm Elsa update. Here, you can learn about the Hurricane’s Forecast and track and the Death toll. We’ve also compiled a list of important emergency numbers to keep an eye on. If you’re wondering what to do, now is the time. Below, you’ll find the latest Tropical Storm Elsa update. Read on to learn more!
Tropical Storm Elsa’s path
The latest forecast for Tropical Storm Elsa shows that the storm is headed toward Florida and South Carolina. It will pass over Georgia and South Carolina tonight, and continue to move northeast and northward into Thursday. Elsa is forecast to make landfall sometime in late Wednesday or early Thursday morning along the north Florida Gulf coast. After that, Elsa is expected to make landfall on the south central U.S. by late Thursday or early Friday morning.
As Elsa tracks across the Caribbean, its strength could fluctuate. Nevertheless, it will be preceded by building surf and seas. Elsa’s track is predicted to be steady, but the exact location of the storm is still uncertain. Elsa’s track is critical to its intensity near Cuba and the extent of its impacts across the southeastern U.S. It could affect the Florida Keys and southern Florida as early as Monday night.
The storm is currently a category 1 hurricane with winds of 74-85 mph. The wind speed of the storm is expected to fall below 80 mph overnight and continue to weaken as it moves inland. The storm’s maximum sustained winds are expected to fall below 70 mph as it moves inland. However, it may still cause significant damage in the affected area. But there’s no need to panic, as the storm’s path will continue to evolve.
The Elsa center is expected to move northeast toward the Florida Straits on Tuesday, with its winds nearing 85 mph. Tropical storm conditions will affect southwestern Florida and Tampa Bay. Elsa’s center is currently located near latitude 13.7 North, longitude 62.5 West. The National Hurricane Center predicts that Elsa will gradually slow down and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Friday or Saturday. It will probably pass near the southern coast of Hispaniola before moving onto eastern Cuba and Jamaica.
The latest Elsa forecast calls for a 15-inch rainfall across Florida and Cuba. The heaviest rainfall is likely to be in Florida and Cuba, although significant rainfall may also fall well inland. The entire southeastern U.S. is expected to receive rain, although flash flooding is possible. Tropical Storm Edouard formed on July 6, 2020, and is now Elsa, the first hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.
Elsa will move west-northwest today, nearing the southern tip of Haiti and parts of Jamaica on Sunday. By Monday night, Elsa will be near eastern Cuba and the Florida Keys. The storm will likely pass over southern Florida on Tuesday and then move into the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern and central U.S. on Wednesday. While its exact path is uncertain, it is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain and possibly isolated tornadoes.
Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches are possible in some areas of the Windward Islands, while up to 15 inches of rain are expected in the southern Leeward Islands. While rain amounts will likely be modest, heavy rainfall will cause mudslides and isolated flash flooding. This is expected to last through the weekend as Elsa continues to race across the Caribbean. It will impact Cuba, Hispaniola, and Jamaica in the southeastern U.S. early next week.
As the storm approached Florida, the risk of damaging winds soared to Category 4 status. At the time of landfall, Elsa is expected to lose its wind intensity, and become a tropical depression. But before Elsa makes landfall, the storm is expected to weaken, making it a less-dangerous hurricane than Irma. However, if this happens, Elsa will threaten the islands of the Caribbean, and there could be flooding, power outages, and the loss of life.
The latest Elsa forecast track is largely consistent with its earlier guidance. The storm is expected to move north near 10 mph through tonight. Then, it will begin to turn toward the north-northeast or northeast on Wednesday and Thursday. Elsa will approach portions of the west coast of Florida later tonight and early Wednesday. It will then pass over the Gulf Coast of north Florida late Wednesday. Elsa is expected to make landfall on the north Florida Gulf coast by late Wednesday night. The storm will then continue to move across the southeastern United States through Thursday.
As of Tuesday morning, Elsa is near latitude 24.5 North and longitude 82.6 West. It is moving northwest at a steady pace of 10-14 mph. It is expected to bring heavy rainfall totals – about four to eight inches across Cuba and Florida – to the affected areas. Wind gusts of 80-100 mph are predicted to accompany Elsa’s rain. The storm surge is projected to reach between three and six feet.
Tropical Storm Elsa is nearing the south coast of Cuba and will produce heavy rain in the area. It will eventually move over the water and pass near the Florida peninsula. By Tuesday afternoon, it will be just off the coast, where hurricane hunters will begin their investigation. The storm has been downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane. But, it has weakened considerably from its initial strength of 60 mph and will continue to threaten the southern United States.
Elsa is expected to make landfall near the Nature Coast of Florida and then turn northeasterly and move through Georgia and South Carolina. The storm’s forecast track runs almost parallel to I-95. This track keeps the heaviest rain along the eastern portion of the state. If you’re in its path, stay weather-aware and keep your cell phone charged. Keep an eye on the forecast track and get alerts.
A second death toll has been announced following Tuesday’s collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium building in Miami, Florida. As of Wednesday morning, 36 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of the condo building, with an additional 109 still unaccounted for. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has confirmed 29 of the victims. She also says 109 people remain unaccounted for at the Champlain Towers South.
The search for survivors from the Champlain Towers South building collapse has been complicated by Elsa. The storm has a maximum sustained wind speed of 70 mph, and is expected to intensify into a hurricane once it reaches land. The survivors of the building collapsed during the night and were buried in the rubble. Rescuers are working through rain and other hazardous conditions, but lightning from unrelated thunderstorms has delayed their work. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said rescue crews were pushing forward, despite the barriers.
As Elsa moves between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, authorities are assessing the damage caused by the storm. Some homes collapsed, while others have suffered extensive damage. The death toll has climbed to 32. The number of people displaced has risen in both countries. As Elsa speeds up, it is expected to cause widespread flooding in the Dominican Republic. Residents of the southern islands have also been bracing for the worst, and authorities have set up 2,500 evacuation centers.
The Coast Guard has rescued 13 people after a boat capsized off the Florida coast. Seven men and two females remain missing. Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis told residents to use common sense and stay safe. There are still some reports of death in the Caribbean before the storm reaches Florida. A death toll from Tropical Storm Elsa could rise even higher. This new fatality toll is far higher than the one reported previously.
Impact on Tampa Bay
The latest forecast on the impact of Hurricane Elsa on Tampa Bay is mixed. While Elsa has weakened slightly, she still poses significant dangers for the area, including tornadoes. The National Hurricane Center has issued an updated forecast for Wednesday morning, predicting that Elsa will bring severe weather to Tampa and parts of western Florida. While Elsa is still a Category I hurricane, it has been downgraded to a tropical storm.
A new hurricane forecast puts the Tampa Bay area under a five-day storm warning as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches the Florida peninsula. Elsa is expected to move northward over the next couple of days with strong winds and heavy rain. The storm’s center is about 65 miles south of Tampa, with maximum sustained winds near 75 mph. Regardless of Elsa’s intensity, the region will be affected by storm surges up to three feet.
On Tuesday evening, Elsa regained hurricane status as it whirled just off the coast of Florida. Maximum sustained winds reached 75 mph, just one mph below the Category 1 minimum. Elsa was moving northwest at ten miles per hour when it regained its hurricane status. It is estimated that Elsa will make landfall in the Nature Coast early Wednesday. It will then turn northeastward at a faster rate and move across the southeastern U.S. through Thursday.
Despite the threat of a major storm, Florida residents are optimistic that the storm’s passage will clear up the red tide. The algae has been present in the waterway for over a month, killing tons of fish. However, the storm may have had the opposite effect. Residents of Tampa Bay are concerned that the hazard may have made the situation worse than before. They should take extra precautions to protect their homes and businesses.