Tropical Storm Elsa is on a path seemingly headed toward the Tampa Bay Area and to prepare for the storm, a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued.
Tropical Storm Elsa is near Cuba and in just about 24-48 hours the storm is set to make landfall. According to the National Hurricane Center, a tropical storm warning has been issued for the Tampa Bay area. During the 11 AM update ABC Action News reported that Elsa is about 20 miles east-southeast of Cayo Largo, Cuba, with maximum sustained winds of 65 mph. The system is moving northwest at 14 mph. Not only has a tropical storm warning been issued, there is also a flood watch for the following counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota.
Start making your preparations now for Elsa because the storm is set to move near or over portions of the west coast of Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles from the center.
ELSA | A Tropical Storm Warning is now in effect for our coastline. A Tropical storm watch continues for inland coastal counties. Tropical storm conditions likely in the next 36 hours. pic.twitter.com/ZQJjxP3cZt— Jason Adams (@JasonAdamsWFTS) July 5, 2021
NEW | A flood watch has been posted for the counties in green until Wed morning. Heavy rainfall from Elsa may cause localized flooding Tuesday into Wednesday. #flwx #Elsa pic.twitter.com/Lk6gHd6xnb— Greg Dee (@GregDeeWeather) July 5, 2021
ELSA | Tropical storm warning has been issued south of Englewood. Tropical storm watches are up to the Florida Big Bend. #flwx #GMTB pic.twitter.com/xqlUCdXbaJ— Greg Dee (@GregDeeWeather) July 5, 2021
Once Elsa moves across Cuba, we will know more about it’s direct impacts and shape of the storm. We’ll keep you updated along with our friends at ABC Action News.
[Source: ABC ACTION NEWS]