Tropical Storm Elsa Moves Near Jamaica as System Slightly Weakens, Prepares to Make Landfall on Cuba
By Space Coast Daily // July 4, 2021
located 45 miles east of Jamaica
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – National Hurricane Center is continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Elsa on Sunday as the system moves near Jamaica and prepares to make landfall on Cuba.
Elsa is currently located 45 miles east of Jamaica as of Sunday morning.
Elsa is registering 65 mph max sustained winds.
The strong tropical storm has substantially slowed down as it moves to the west-northwest at 13 mph. In recent days, the system was moving as high as 31 mph.
Brevard County will begin feeling winds from Tropical Storm Elsa by late Monday night heading into early Tuesday morning. Wind speeds are not expected to exceed over 20 mph in Brevard Count. Elsa’s main track is showing signs of trending to the west coast of Florida with areas around Tampa receiving 30-40 max sustained winds.
Elsa is expected to make a turn toward the northwest tonight or Monday. On the forecast track, Elsa will move away from the southern portion of Haiti during the next couple of hours, and continue to move near Jamaica and portions of eastern Cuba today, and approach central Cuba tonight.
By Monday, Elsa is expected to move across central and western Cuba and head toward the Florida Straits.
Elsa is then forecast to move near or over portions of the west coast of Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Some slight strengthening is possible today as Elsa approaches the south-central coast of Cuba.
However, gradual weakening is forecast to occur tonight and Monday when Elsa moves across Cuba.
After Elsa emerges over the Florida Straits and southeastern Gulf of Mexico some slight restrengthening is possible.