Tropical Storm Elsa: Special tropical update for Florida and the Southeast: a.m. Monday 5 July 2021

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All RV’ers and RV interests in the Florida Keys, the FL West Coast, northeast FL, and coastal GA and SC should pay close attention to the National Hurricane Center forecasts of Hurricane Elsa this week.

Tropical Storm Warnings for the Florida Keys and the southwest FL Coast. Primary hazards are winds 35-45 mph gusting to 60 mph; 2-4 inches of rain that may cause some flash flooding; a 1-2 foot storm surge in the Keys and 1-3 foot surge on the southwest coast; and the risk of brief tornadoes.

Tropical Storm Watch for the western FL Coast, including Tampa Bay. Primary hazards are winds 45-55 mph gusting to 70 mph, 2-4 inches of rain that may cause some flash flooding, a 2-4 foot storm surge and the risk of brief tornadoes.

Storm Surge Watch for the western FL Coast, including Tampa Bay. A 2-4 foot storm surge is possible between Bonita Beach and the Suwannee River.

Tropical Storm Elsa is near south-Central Cuba this morning. Elsa is moving to the northwest at 14 mph; its maximum sustained wind speeds are 65 mph.

This storm will impact the FL Keys today. Prepare for a strong tropical storm.

Elsa will move parallel to the FL Gulf Coast and impact much of FL’s west coast Tuesday and Tuesday evening. Impacts to the GA coast will likely be felt on Wednesday.

If you are in the FL Keys, please be ready for strong winds today, along with flash flooding in low lying areas. Storm surge will be modest (1-2 feet) but if you are on the immediate waterfront, be prepared. Please heed any requests local emergency management officials make for RV’s and RV’ers.

If you are on the FL West Coast, be ready for strong tropical storm conditions, including a storm surge of 2-4 feet. Your local emergency management officials might be asking you to take actions today, especially for those known to be in locations vulnerable to storm surge.

If you are along the northeast FL, GA, or SC coasts, continue to monitor this storm, as you will likely feel the impacts of Elsa Wednesday and Thursday. As with the west coast of FL, you should prepare for a period of tropical storm conditions: strong winds, heavy rains, and the potential for some flash flooding and limited storm surge.

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