Hurricane Elsa: Special tropical update for Florida and the Southeast: a.m. Saturday 3 July 2021

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All RV’ers and RV interests in the Florida Keys and on the Florida Peninsula should pay close attention to the National Hurricane Center forecasts of Hurricane Elsa this holiday weekend. The storm could start to impact the lower FL Keys as early as Monday morning.

Hurricane Elsa is in the central Caribbean this morning, about 500 miles east of Kingston Jamaica. Elsa is moving to the west-northwest at 31 mph; its maximum sustained wind speeds are 75 mph.

This storm is moving rapidly towards Cuba and may threaten the FL Keys and southwest FL as early as Monday. There is more confidence this morning that Elsa will impact the FL Keys, then likely turn to the north in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The strength of the storm will depend in large part on its exact track across Hispaniola and Cuba. If the storm comes across the highest terrain, it will weaken; conversely if the storm avoids most of the mountainous regions, it will maintain its organization.

If you are in the FL Keys, on the FL Gulf Coast or the FL Panhandle, please remain aware of, and informed about, this storm. Your local emergency management officials might be asking you to take actions later this holiday weekend, especially on the Keys or in southwest FL. Today and tomorrow would be a good time to ensure you have your rig or tow vehicle fueled and think of where you might go if you were asked to evacuate.

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