TS Elsa Into Florida Straits, Hurricane Watch For Portions Of State


TS Elsa 5am Tues

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Tropical Storm Elsa Advisory Number 24

NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL052021

500 AM EDT Tue Jul 06 2021

...ELSA NEAR THE FLORIDA KEYS...

...HURRICANE WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR PORTIONS OF THE WEST COAST

OF FLORIDA...

SUMMARY OF 500 AM EDT...0900 UTC...INFORMATION

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LOCATION...24.1N 82.4W

ABOUT 50 MI...80 KM SW OF KEY WEST FLORIDA

ABOUT 270 MI...435 KM S OF TAMPA FLORIDA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 340 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1007 MB...29.74 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS

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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

A Hurricane Watch has been issued for the west-central and Big Bend

coast of Florida from Egmont Key to the Steinhatchee River.

A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the Georgia coast and

portions of the South Carolina coast from the Mouth of St. Marys

River to South Santee River, South Carolina.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...

* West coast of Florida from Bonita Beach to the Aucilla

River, including Tampa Bay

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* The Cuban provinces of Matanzas, Mayabeque, Havana, and Artemisa

* The Florida Keys from Craig Key westward to the Dry Tortugas

* West coast of Florida from Flamingo northward to Ochlockonee River

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...

* Egmont Key to the Steinhatchee River, Florida

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...

* West of the Aucilla River to the Ochlockonee River, Florida

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...

* West of the Ochlockonee River to Indian Pass, Florida

* Mouth of St. Marys River to South Santee River, South Carolina

DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK

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At 500 AM EDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Elsa was

located near latitude 24.1 North, longitude 82.4 West. Elsa is

moving toward the north-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h) and this

general motion is expected to continue today, followed by a

turn toward the north by tonight. A north-northeastward motion is

expected on Wednesday. On the forecast track, Elsa will pass near

the Florida Keys this morning, and move near or over portions of

the west coast of Florida later today and continuing into Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds remain near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher

gusts. Slow strengthening is forecast through tonight, and Elsa

could be near hurricane strength before it makes landfall in

Florida. Weakening is expected after it moves inland.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km)

from the center. A C-MAN station at Sand Key, Florida, recently

measured a wind gust of 45 mph (72 km/h).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches).


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