Tropical Storm Elsa makes landfall in Cuba; Affecting most of Western Florida Tomorrow | Tracking the Tropics

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Elsa has come ashore in Southern Cuba & remains a large, disorganized cluster of thunderstorms spread out across Cuba & Southern Florida…

Tropical Storm Warnings have now been expanded to include essentially all of the West Coast of Florida — this means tropical storm conditions are likely (39+ mph winds, heavy rain) within the next 48 hours. This also includes the more populated parts of the region, such as Sarasota, Tampa Bay, Cedar Key, & areas just Southeast of Tallahassee.

Elsa’s official forecast track from the National Hurricane Center remains largely unchanged from earlier today…still expected to make a quick pass just offshore of Tampa Bay tomorrow night into Wednesday morning, then make landfall in NW Florida East of Apalachicola Bay Wednesday morning.

Elsa is expected to produce torrential rainfall & possibly flash flooding, especially across SW Florida, where 4 to 6″ of rain is likely near places like Tampa, Sarasota, & Fort Myers. As Elsa continues its track Northeast, more places across a large swath of land in Northern Florida, Southeastern Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia will see 1 to 3″ of rain through Thursday. Places even as far inland as Augusta, Georgia will pick up on some of that heavy rain as well.

Forecast wind gusts are fairly impressive for this storm for most of Western & Northern Florida as we head into tomorrow & Wednesday morning.

By late Wednesday & most of Thursday, those same tropical storm wind gusts will be possible across much of the Carolinas, including places like Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Wilmington, & the Outer Banks.

Fortunately for us, no significant impacts from Elsa are expected in Central Alabama.

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