National Hurricane Center Tracks Tropical Storm Elsa, Tropical Storm Watch Issued for Haiti

By  //  July 1, 2021

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Elsa is moving west-northwest at 29 mph

National Hurricane Center is continuing to track Tropical Storm Elsa on Thursday with a new Tropical Storm Watch issued for Haiti.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – National Hurricane Center is continuing to track Tropical Storm Elsa on Thursday with a new Tropical Storm Watch issued for Haiti.

The 5 p.m. report shows Elsa moving at 29 mph to the west-northwest as expected.

Elsa is still carrying 45 mph max sustained winds.

National Hurricane Center has declared a Tropical Storm Warning for the following: Barbados, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

Elsa is expected to produce rainfall totals of 3 to 6 inches with maximum totals of 10 inches on Friday across the Windward and southern Leeward Islands, including Barbados. Over Puerto Rico, rainfall of 1 to 3 inches with localized amounts of 5 inches are expected Friday into Saturday.

This rainfall amount is expected cause some isolated flash flooding and mudslides.

Over Puerto Rico, rainfall of 1 to 3 inches with localized amounts of 5 inches is expected Friday into Saturday. This rain may lead to isolated flash flooding and minor river flooding, along with the potential for mudslides.

Elsa is a relatively fast-moving storm as it moves to the west at 28 mph and is expected to move even faster in the 36 hours as it begins to turn west-northwest. This 8-hour time lapse show Elsa becoming more organized about 780 east-southeast of the Windward Islands. (NHC Image)

Along portions of southern Hispaniola, rainfall of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches is possible on Saturday. This rain may lead to scattered flash flooding and mudslides.

A storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1 to 3 feet above normal tide levels in areas of onshore winds along the southern coast of Hispaniola.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued to for Haiti.

As of Thursday morning, the system is not forecasted to become a hurricane as the system battles drier air and cooler ocean temperatures through Tuesday. However, conditions are subject to change this time of year as temperatures begin to increase and climates begin to become more saturated in moisture.

By Sunday, Elsa is forecast to move near Jamaica and portions of eastern Cuba.

Elsa is expected to strengthen in the next 48 hours.

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