Florida Elsa

Florida In The Cone: TS Elsa Now Category 1 Hurricane

At 8:00 p.m., the center of Hurricane Elsa is moving toward the north at 10 mph (22 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue through tonight.

A turn toward the north-northeast is expected on Wednesday, followed by a faster northeastward motion by late Thursday. On the forecast track,

Elsa will move near or over portions of the west coast of Florida later tonight and early Wednesday morning. Elsa is forecast to make landfall along the north Florida Gulf coast by late Wednesday morning and then move across the southeastern United States through Thursday.

Data from the NOAA Doppler weather radar in Tampa Bay indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Some additional slight strengthening will be possible overnight. Weakening will begin after Elsa moves inland by late Wednesday morning.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km) from the center. Buoy 42013, located due north of Elsa, recently measured a peak 1-minute sustained wind of 38 mph (61 km/h) gusting to 47 mph (76 km/h). A wind gust to 43 mph (69 mph) was recently measured on North Captiva Island.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km) from the center. Buoy 42023 recently measured a peak 1-minute sustained wind of 67 mph (107 km/h) gusting to 78 mph (126 km/h).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 998 mb (29.47 inches).

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for…

  • West coast of Florida from Bonita Beach to the Aucilla River, including Tampa Bay

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for…

  • Egmont Key to the Steinhatchee River, Florida

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…

  • The Florida Keys from the Seven Mile Bridge westward to the Dry Tortugas
  • West coast of Florida from Flamingo to south of Egmont Key
  • West coast of Florida north of Steinhatchee River to Ochlockonee River
  • Coast of Georgia From The Mouth of the St. Mary’s River to Althama Sound

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for…

  • West of the Aucilla River to the Ochlockonee River, Florida

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…

  • North of Altamaha Sound, Georgia, to South Santee River, South Carolina

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