FLORIDA (June 6, 2021)—Tampa Mayor Jane Castor urges residents to prepare ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa with a storm surge potential of 3-5 feet. The storm is expected to reach the Florida Key’s tomorrow. Eastern Georgia and North Carolina are expected to receive rain surges of up to 6 inches of rain tomorrow. Eastern Georgia and South Carolina are expected to receive up to 6 inches of rain Wednesday.
Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to hit the Tampa area early Wednesday morning. The wind gust is up to 60 mph which could lead to flooding. On and off showers are expected for the rest of the week.
The storm was moving north-northwest at 10mph, much slower than its record-setting pace of more than 30 mph last week.
Tropical-storm force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from its center. Strong wind gusts and heavy rains were sweeping across part of southern Florida on Tuesday morning. Life-threatening” storm surges, flooding and isolated tornadoes al were possible, the advisory warned.
Up to 8 inches of rain is possible across the Keys and into southwest and western portions of the Florida Peninsula, with isolated pockets possibly seeing 15 inches, according AccuWeather.
Governor Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency for more than two dozen of the state’s 67 counties.
At a new briefing Tuesday morning, DeSantis reminded residents not to focus on Elsa’s “sone of concern” because the storm’s impacts are expected well outside that area.”
“And if you look at how the storm is, it’s incredibly lopsided to the east,” DeSantis said. “So most of the rainfall is going to be east of the center of the storm.”
President Joe Biden approved an Emergency Declaration on July 4, 2021 for the state, meaning the federal government will fund 75% of evacuation and shelter support costs.
Miami-Date County, which DeSantis removed from the emergency list, is expected to receive some heavy rains and strong winds. Elsa is expected to force crews to pause the search for victims of the June 24th condo callapse in Surfside, said officials.
“Slow strengthening is forecast though Tuesday night, and Elsa could be near hurricane strength before is makes landfall in Florida,” according the advisory. Weakening is expected after it moves inland.”
Streets flooded as Elsa sweeps through Florida Keys Tuesday.Elsa is the earliest fifth-named storm on record, and it also broke the record as the tropic’s fatest–moving hurricane, clocking in at 31 mph Saturday morning, said reporters.
Storms are expected to hit the Northeast between Pennsylvania and New York later this evening. Hail is expected.
Tropical Storm Elsa is blames for three deaths in the Dominion Republic and St. Lucia. It hit Barbados as a tropical one hurricane. Not Florida is getting ready for Elsa’s arrival.
About 180,00 Cubans fled their homes in advance of the storm; no deaths were immediately reported in Cuba.
Source: Read Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order here.