Tropical Storm Elsa: Special tropical update for Florida, Georgia and South Carolina: a.m. Tuesday 6 July 2021

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All RV’ers and RV interests along 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.

Hurricane Watch for FL west-central and Big Bend Coast. Elsa may become a marginal hurricane just before landfall. Prepare for winds up to 75 mph, 4-6 inches of rain that will likely cause some flash flooding; a 3-5 foot storm surge, and the risk of brief tornadoes.

Storm Surge Warning along the west coast of FL from Bonita Beach to the Aucilla River, including Tampa Bay. A 3-5 foot storm surge is possible in the warned region.

Tropical Storm Warnings for the Florida Keys from Craig Key westward and much of the west coast of FL. Primary hazards are winds 35-50 mph gusting to 70 mph; 2-6 inches of rain that will likely cause some flash flooding; a 1-2 foot storm surge in the Keys and 2-5 foot surge on the much of the west coast; and the risk of brief tornadoes. Expect a 3-5 foot storm surge in Tampa Bay.

Tropical Storm Watch for the GA coast and the southern half of the SC coast. Primary hazards are winds gusting 35-45 mph and 2-4 inches of rain that may cause some flash flooding.

Tropical Storm Elsa is 50 miles southwest of Key West FL this morning. Elsa is moving to the north-northwest at 12 mph; its maximum sustained wind speeds are 60 mph.

This storm is impacting the Lower and Middle FL Keys today as a strong tropical storm.

Elsa will move parallel to the FL Gulf Coast and impact much of FL’s west coast tonight through Wednesday morning. Impacts to the GA and SC coasts will be felt starting late tonight through Thursday morning.

If you are on the FL West Coast, be ready for strong tropical storm and marginal hurricane conditions, including a storm surge of 3-5 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 GA, or SC coasts, prepare today for a tropical storm with strong gusty winds and the potential for flash flooding in low-lying and poor drainage areas. You will feel the impacts of Elsa starting tonight through Thursday.

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