(FLORIDA) LATEST: Tropical Storm #Elsa Report: It has weakened from the first hurricane of the season, is poised to make landfall on the west coast on Wednesday after passing through Cuba #AceNewsDesk report

#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

People head out of Steinhatchee in advance of the arrival of storm Elsa on July 6, 2021 in Steinhatchee, Florida
Florida residents have been warned they may have to evacuate coastal areas

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.

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  The hurricane warnings south of the Chassahowitzka River to Egmont Key, Florida, have been replaced by tropical storm warnings.Bands of heavy rain and strong winds continue to spread inland across southwest and west-central Florida, according to the National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. 

Hurricane Elsa heads toward Florida

The Florida National Guard has activated 60 guardsmen to serve at the State Emergency Operations Center and Logistics Readiness Center, according to a release from the Guard.

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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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico.) USCG REPORT: The Coast Guard set Port Condition X-RAY at 12 p.m. Thursday for all maritime ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgins Islands, due to Tropical Storm Elsa’s approach to the Caribbean region #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.03: The Coast Guard strongly cautions the maritime community to take the necessary precautions and remain vigilant to any new weather forecasts for Tropical Storm Elsa.

#AceDailyNews reports that the Coast Guard sets Port Condition X-RAY for the maritime ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Tropical Storm #Elsa approach to Caribbean and mariners can view the latest port updates on the Coast Guard’s Homeport site.

U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 07/01/2021 12:22 PM EDTNews Release 

U.S. Coast Guard 7th District Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
Contact: Coast Guard Puerto Rico PA Office
Office: 787-729-2381
After Hours: 787-510-7923
7th District Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands online newsroom

Coast Guard sets Port Condition X-RAY for the maritime ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Tropical Storm Elsa

NHC Two-Day Tropical Weather Outlook


Editor’s Note: Click on image to visit the National Hurricane Center web page.

During Port Condition X-RAY, port facilities are currently open to all commercial traffic and all transfer operations may continue. Oceangoing vessels, 500 gross tons and above, wishing to remain in port are required to submit an application and regulated facilities are required to submit a Facility Readiness Survey in case the Captain of the Port decides to set Port Condition YANKEE. 

Maritime and port facilities are reminded to review and update their heavy weather response plans and make any additional preparations needed to adequately prepare in case of a potential impact to the area.

Pleasure craft owners are advised to seek safe harbor and pay close attention to any changes in weather forecasts and small craft advisories throughout the 4th of July weekend.

At this time, the Coast Guard will continue to monitor Tropical Strom Elsa’s track and announce any increase in the Port Condition based on a future forecast.

The Coast Guard advises the public of these important safety messages:

Secure belongings.  Owners of large boats are encouraged to move their vessels to inland marinas where they will be less vulnerable to breaking free of their moorings or to sustaining damage. Trailer-able boats should be taken out of the water and stored in a place not prone to flooding.  Those leaving their boats in the water should remove their EPIRBs and secure life rings, lifejackets and small boats. These items, if not properly secured, can break free and require valuable search and rescue resources be diverted to ensure people are not in distress.

Stay clear of beaches. Wave heights and currents typically increase before a storm makes landfall. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by storms.  Swimmers should stay clear of beaches until local lifeguards and law enforcement officials say the water is safe.

Be prepared. Area residents should be prepared with a family plan, a disaster supply kit, by having a place to go, securing their home and having a plan for pets. Information can be found at the National Hurricane Center’s webpage.

Stay informed. The public should monitor the progress and strength of the storm through local television, radio and Internet. Boaters can monitor its progress on VHF radio channel 16. Information can also be obtained on small craft advisories and warnings on VHF radio channel 16. 

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: July.03: 2021:

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