Tropical Storm Elsa: Special tropical update for the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, NY and New England: a.m. Thursday 8 July 2021

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All RV’ers and RV interests from eastern NC and eastern VA through New England should pay close attention to your local forecasts and prepare for heavy rains and areas of flash flooding. Parts of the southern New England coastline and especially Cape Cod could see strong winds, with gusts exceeding 50 mph.

Tornado Watch through mid-morning for northern coastal SC and southern coastal NC. Primary threat is a couple of tornadoes. Anticipate the Storm Prediction Center will continue to issue Tornado Watches as Elsa moves northeastward. The region between the coast westward to the storm’s center will be at greatest risk today and tonight from tornadoes.

Tropical Storm Warnings from the SC coast northeastward to Cape Cod MA. Primary hazards are winds gusting 35-45 mph along the immediate coastline and 2-4 inches of rain that may cause some flash flooding. Winds may gust over 50 mph over coastal NJ and NY and southern New England — particularly over Cape Cod MA.

Gale Watch for the NH and ME coasts Friday afternoon and Friday night. Primary hazards are winds gusting 35-45 mph along the immediate coastline and 2-4 inches of rain that may cause some flash flooding.

Tropical Storm Elsa is about 150 miles southwest of Raleigh NC this morning. Elsa is moving to the northeast at 18 mph; its maximum sustained wind speeds are 40 mph well to the east of its center along the coastal regions.

Elsa will quickly across SC, NC and VA today and reach the DELMARVA coastline tonight. The storm may restrengthen slightly while it accelerates to the northeast. By Friday afternoon Elsa should be north of Cape Cod MA.

If you are along or the to east of Elsa’s path, expect 6-12 hours of heavy rain with 2-4 inches falling and some flash flooding. If you are on the immediate coastline, you will see a few hours of gusty winds, with gusts reaching 35-45 mph. Over southern New England, those gusts may exceed 50 mph.

There will also be a risk for a tornado or two to the east of Elsa — make sure you have a way (preferably more than one way) of receiving tornado warnings and think about where to go if a tornado threatens you. An Elsa-spawned tornado went through an RV Campground at Kings Bay GA last evening, tragically killing one person.

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