#AceWeatherReport – July.07: #Elsa is churning off the western coast of Florida with maximum sustained winds of 65mph as it moves north on a collision course with the Big Bend region, where it is expected to make landfall lateWednesday morning or early in the afternoon.
#AceWeatherDesk says that Tropical #StormElsa poised to make landfall in Florida after the storm battered Cuba on Monday with mudslides and floods according to BBC World and now is due in Florida as people hunker down in preparation with a warning in force for a 200-mile (300km) stretch of the Gulf Coast north of Tampa Bay: Follow updates here
Tropical Storm Elsa brings heavy winds and life-threatening storm surge as it nears landfall along Florida’s west coast CNN) — Millions of people are facing life-threatening storm surge, heavy winds, potential isolated tornadoes and heavy rains that could create flooding up and down the coast of Florida as Tropical Storm Elsaapproaches landfall Wednesday morning.
A Tampa resident covers his windows with hurricane shutters in preparation for Hurricane Elsa Tuesday.
The storm was about 50 miles southwest of Cedar Key Wednesday morning.
Hurricane warnings were in place from the Chassahowitzka River, just to the south of Homosassa, Florida, to the Steinhatchee River. The hurricane warnings south of the Chassahowitzka River to Egmont Key, Florida, have been replaced by tropical storm warnings.Bands of heavy rain and strong winds continue to spread inland across southwest and west-central Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center. A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Florida until 8 a.m., according to a tweet from the National Weather Service’s Tampa Bay office.
While the system weakened to a tropical storm early Wednesday after becoming a Category 1 hurricane Tuesday, hurricane warnings remain in place for more than four million people in Florida. More than 12 million people are under a tropical storm warning across three states.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded his state of emergency declaration Tuesday to include a total of 33 counties as local, state and utility resources continue to prepare for the incoming storm.
Earlier it tore across the Dominican Republic and St Lucia, killing at least three people and damaging hundreds of buildings.
After passing across Florida, Elsa is expected to hit the US states of Georgia and South Carolina.
Commercial flights have been suspended at Tampa International Airport
“Elsa is forecast to make landfall along the north Florida Gulf coast by late Wednesday morning and then move across the south-eastern United States through Thursday,” the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an update.
At 02:00 local time (06:00 GMT), the storm was about 60 miles west of Tampa and moving slowly north with winds of 70mph (115km/h), the NHC said. Elsa became the first hurricane of the Atlantic season on Friday before weakening to a tropical storm. After leaving Cuba, it briefly regained hurricane force over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but was then downgraded again as it approached the Florida coast.
Tampa airport said it had suspended commercial flights until at least 10:00 on Wednesday.
Florida’s Lt Gov Jeanette Nunez warned residents of possible power cuts and urged them to stockpile supplies of food and water. She said emergency shelters were available if needed.
“If you are asked to evacuate, please leave,” she added.
In the town of Surfside, near Miami, authorities brought forward the demolition of a partially collapsed apartment block on Tuesday for fear that Elsa might topple it in an uncontrolled way.
So far, 36 people are known to have died when Champlain Towers South collapsed on 24 June. At least 109 are still missing. Officials say they hope to be able to continue the search-and-rescue operation, despite the storm.
Late last week, Elsa carved a swathe of destruction in the Caribbean. In the Dominican Republic, at least two people died on Saturday when walls collapsed in high winds.
One person also died on the island of St Lucia, while Barbados reported damage to hundreds of homes.Is global warming making hurricanes stronger?
#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: July.07: 2021:
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