Florida braces as Hurricane Elsa gets nearer to coast, landfall expected Wednesday morning


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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  4 weeks ago  •  11 comments

By:   Phil Helsel

Florida braces as Hurricane Elsa gets nearer to coast, landfall expected Wednesday morning
Hurricane Elsa strengthened to a Category 1 hurricane and it is expected to make landfall on the north Florida Gulf coast Wednesday morning.

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Florida is bracing for Elsa, which regained hurricane strength Tuesday night, and its expected landfall Wednesday morning, forecasters said.

The hurricane could dump as much as 9 inches of rain and cause flooding, and officials are warning of a possible life-threatening storm surge.

The Category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph was moving north "just offshore" the Tampa Bay area around 11 p.m. Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said. It was around 65 miles southwest of Tampa and moving at 14 mph.


Officials in Tampa on Tuesday night urged residents to stay off the roads. "You don't need to be out, do not go out," Mayor Jane Catsor said earlier Tuesday. "We're going to have a lot of rain, a lot of wind."

In New Port Richey, northwest of Tampa, Derek Watkinson put storm shutters on his home Tuesday.

"With Mother Nature, anything can happen," Watkinson told NBC affiliate WFLA. "So, I'm just going to go with the flow and a 'better safe than sorry' kind of thing."

On Tuesday night, hurricane-force winds extended up to 25 miles from the storm's center, but tropical-storm-force winds reached 80 miles from the center, forecasters said.

"It's a compact storm, but that compact storm packs a punch," said Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center.

Hurricane warnings were in effect from Tampa Bay and north to the Steinhatchee River in the state's Big Bend region. Storm surge warnings covered a stretch of the coast from south of Fort Myers to the Aucilla River southeast of Tallahassee.

The storm is expected to make landfall along the north Florida Gulf coast Wednesday morning before moving into Georgia and North Carolina on its way northeast.

In addition to the watches and warnings in Florida, a tropical storm warning was in place for the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina, and watches extended to North Carolina.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency for parts of his state Tuesday to allow for aid, and Florida had declared an emergency ahead of the storm.

Utility company Duke Energy said it had 3,000 personnel staged in western and northern Florida to respond to power outages and crews had been brought in from other states.

Tampa International Airport suspended commercial service at 5 p.m. Tuesday but expected to reopen Wednesday morning. Sarasota recorded a 54 mph gust at its airport Tuesday night, the city said.

Determined visitors head for Sloppy Joe's Bar while crossing a flooded Duval Street as heavy winds and rain pass over Key West, Fla., on July 6, 2021.Rob O'Neal / AP

Elsa lashed the Florida Keys with tropical-storm-force winds Tuesday. Key West International Airport recorded a gust of almost 60 mph, the National Weather Service said.

The storm is the first hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1 and lasts through November.

Elsa is blamed from the death of one person on St. Lucia and of two in the Dominican Republic, The Associated Press reported.


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Sophomore Participates
1  shona1    3 weeks ago

Evening...Batten down the hatches, keep your head down and stay safe..

With luck Elsa will pass with no deaths and not to much damage...

Professor Principal
2  Kavika     3 weeks ago

I live 50 miles inland and north of Tampa and we are getting what we usually get, winds 25 to 30 mph and rain. Currently, the wind is 27 mpg with rain.

Sophomore Participates
2.1  shona1  replied to  Kavika @2    3 weeks ago

Stay safe and hope all goes well for everyone...

Professor Principal
2.1.1  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @2.1    3 weeks ago

One of the reasons I purchased a home inland in the ''Horse Captial of the World'' is that I love horses and I didn't want to be running from hurricanes when I'm 80 years old...

Sophomore Participates
2.1.2  shona1  replied to  Kavika @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

Morning..hope you mob are ok over there..and all is well.

Paula Bartholomew
Professor Guide
2.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Kavika @2    3 weeks ago

Do you have enough supplies just in case?

Professor Principal
2.2.1  Kavika   replied to  Paula Bartholomew @2.2    3 weeks ago

More than enough and the wind and rain were not much. The highest the wind got was 28 mph and it rained steady but not a torrential downpour on and off starting at 4am. Everything was gone and the sun was shinning by 3 pm today.

Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
3  Trout Giggles    3 weeks ago

We're going to Gulf Breeze Friday to see my boy. Is Gulf Breeze in the path?

Professor Principal
3.1  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    3 weeks ago

Don't forget to look for UFOs...jrSmiley_100_smiley_image.jpg

Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
3.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @3.1    3 weeks ago

I will!

charger 383
Professor Quiet
4  charger 383    3 weeks ago

I hope Joe's Bar in the picture survives


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