Tropical Storm Elsa: Special tropical update for Florida, and the Southeast: a.m. Wednesday 7 July 2021

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

Hurricane Warning for FL west-central and Big Bend Coast. It is still possible for parts of the west FL coast to see marginal hurricane conditions this morning. 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. Expect a 2-4 foot storm surge in Tampa Bay.

Tropical Storm Warnings for the Florida Keys for the GA and SC Coasts Primary hazards are winds gusting 35-50 mph; 2-4 inches of rain that will likely cause some flash flooding; a 1-2 foot storm surge ; and the risk of brief tornadoes.

Tropical Storm Watch for the NC coast and the VA coast to Chincoteague. Primary hazards are winds gusting 35-45 mph, 2-4 inches of rain that may cause some flash flooding a 1-2 foot storm surge and slight risk of brief tornadoes.

Tropical Storm Elsa is near Cedar Key FL morning. Elsa is moving to the north at 14 mph; its maximum sustained wind speeds are 65 mph.

This storm is impacting much of the northern half of the FL Peninsula today as a strong tropical storm.

Elsa will move inland shortly and track inland through north FL, and coastal GA, SC and NC, before re-emerging Thursday night over over the ocean near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay

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 in northeast FL, or along the GA, SC, NC or Tidewater VA 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 Friday morning, from south to north.

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