Elsa Strengthens to Category 1 Hurricane Again Before It Makes Landfall on Florida
By Space Coast Daily // July 6, 2021
Elsa is carrying 75 mph max sustained winds
National Hurricane Center latest report shows Elsa has strengthened with 75 mph max sustained winds.
This is the second time in three days that Elsa has become a category 1 hurricane.
Since moving over Cuba on Monday, Elsa has also picked up speed by moving to the north at 14 mph.
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Egmont Key to the Steinhatchee River, Florida.
A Tropical Storm Warning is also in effect for the following:
– West coast of Florida from Chokoloskee to south of Egmont Key
– West coast of Florida north of Steinhatchee River to Ochlockonee River
A turn toward the north-northeast is expected on Wednesday, followed by a faster northeastward motion by late Thursday.
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.
The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline.
The water could reach the following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide.
– Englewood, FL to Aucilla River including Tampa Bay…3 to 5 ft
– Bonita Beach, FL to Englewood, FL including Charlotte Harbor…2 to 4 ft
– Aucilla River to Ochlockonee River…2 to 4 ft
– Flamingo, FL to Bonita Beach, FL…1 to 3 ft
– Ochlockonee River to Indian Pass…1 to 2 ft
Some isolated areas in Florida could see as much as 9 inches of rain through Wednesday.