Elsa Weakens Overnight, To Make Landfall Later This Morning


TS Elsa 5am Wed

Photo: NHC

Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to make landfall on the northern Gulf Coast of Florida later this morning as it has weakened overnight.

The storm is now putting out maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour and Elsa is moving north at 14 miles per hour.

As of the 5 a.m. update, it was 50 miles South Southwest of Cedar Key.

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

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LOCATION...28.5N 83.5W

ABOUT 50 MI...75 KM SSW OF CEDAR KEY FLORIDA

ABOUT 70 MI...115 KM WNW OF TAMPA FLORIDA

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...65 MPH...100 KM/H

PRESENT MOVEMENT...N OR 360 DEGREES AT 14 MPH...22 KM/H

MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1004 MB...29.65 INCHES

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WATCHES AND WARNINGS

CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

The Hurricane Warning for the west coast of Florida has been

replaced with a Tropical Storm Warning south of Chassahowitzka to

Egmont Key.

The Tropical Storm Warning has been discontinued south of

Englewood.

A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for the coasts of North

Carolina and Virginia from Duck, North Carolina to Chincoteague,

Virginia, and for the Chesapeake Bay south of New Point Comfort.

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 Hurricane Warning is in effect for...

* West coast of Florida from Chassahowitzka to the Steinhatchee

River

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...

* West coast of Florida from south of Chassahowitzka to Englewood

* West coast of Florida north of the Steinhatchee River to

Ochlockonee River

* Mouth of St. Marys River, Georgia to Little River Inlet, South

Carolina

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...

* North of Little River Inlet, South Carolina to Chincoteague,

Virginia

* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds

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

located near latitude 28.5 North, longitude 83.5 West. Elsa is

moving toward the north near 14 mph (22 km/h), and a general

northward motion is expected to continue through this afternoon. A

turn toward the north-northeast is expected late this afternoon or

tonight, followed by a faster northeastward motion by late Thursday.

On the forecast track, Elsa will move near or over portions of the

west coast of Florida this morning, then make landfall along the

north Florida Gulf coast by late this morning or this afternoon.

The storm should then move across the southeastern and mid-Atlantic

United States through Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are now near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher

gusts. Some fluctuations in the intensity are possible until

landfall later today. Weakening will begin after Elsa moves inland.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles (150 km)

from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches).


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