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Tropical Storm Elsa Advisory Number  25
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL052021
1100 AM EDT Tue Jul 06 2021
 
...TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL OVER THE FLORIDA 
KEYS...
...HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLASH FLOODING CONTINUES OVER WEST-CENTRAL 
CUBA...
 
 
SUMMARY OF 1100 AM EDT...1500 UTC...INFORMATION
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LOCATION...24.9N 82.8W
ABOUT 65 MI...105 KM WNW OF KEY WEST FLORIDA
ABOUT 215 MI...345 KM S OF TAMPA FLORIDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60 MPH...95 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NNW OR 340 DEGREES AT 10 MPH...17 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1007 MB...29.74 INCHES
 
 
WATCHES AND WARNINGS
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CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:
 
The government of Cuba has discontinued all warnings for Cuba.
 
The Tropical Storm Watch along the coast of the Florida panhandle
from Ochlockonee River to Indian Pass, Florida, has been
discontinued.
 
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
 
A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for...
* West coast of Florida from Bonita Beach to the Aucilla
River, including Tampa Bay
 
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* The Florida Keys from Craig Key westward to the Dry Tortugas
* West coast of Florida from Flamingo northward to Ochlockonee River
 
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
* Egmont Key to the Steinhatchee River, Florida
 
A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for...
* West of the Aucilla River to the Ochlockonee River, Florida
 
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Mouth of St. Marys River to South Santee River, South Carolina
 
A Storm Surge Warning means there is a danger of life-threatening
inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline,
in the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at risk,
please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge Watch/Warning
Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.  This is a life-threatening
situation.  Persons located within these areas should take all
necessary actions to protect life and property from rising water
and the potential for other dangerous conditions. Promptly follow
evacuation and other instructions from local officials.
 
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area, in this case within the next 24 hours.
 
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area.
 
A Storm Surge Watch means there is a possibility of life-
threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the
coastline, in the indicated locations. For a depiction of areas at
risk, please see the National Weather Service Storm Surge
Watch/Warning Graphic, available at hurricanes.gov.
 
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area.
 
Interests elsewhere in the Carolinas and the mid-Atlantic coast
should monitor the progress of Elsa.
 
For storm information specific to your area in the United
States, including possible inland watches and warnings, please
monitor products issued by your local National Weather Service
forecast office. For storm information specific to your area
outside of the United States, please monitor products issued by
your national meteorological service.
 
 
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
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At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Elsa was
located near latitude 24.9 North, longitude 82.8 West.  Elsa is
moving toward the north-northwest near 10 mph (17 km/h) and  a 
generally northward motion is expected today and tonight.  A turn
toward the north-northeast is expected on Wednesday, followed by a 
faster northeastward by late Thursday.  On the forecast track, Elsa 
will continue to pass near the Florida Keys this morning, and move 
near or over portions of the west coast of Florida later today 
through tonight.  On Wednesday morning, Elsa is forecast to make 
landfall along the north Florida Gulf coast and then move 
across the southeastern United States through Thursday.
 
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.
Slow strengthening is forecast through tonight, and Elsa could be
near hurricane strength before it makes landfall in Florida.
Weakening is expected after Elsa moves inland.
 
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km) 
from the center. A C-MAN station at Sand Key, Florida, recently 
measured a peak 1-minute sustained wind of 56 mph (90 km/h) gusting 
to 64 mph (104 km/h).  The Key West International Airport also 
recently measured a peak sustained wind of 43 mph (69 km/h) gusting 
to 59 mph (95 km/h). 
 
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1007 mb (29.74 inches).
 
 
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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Key messages for Elsa can be found in the Tropical Cyclone
Discussion under AWIPS header MIATCDAT5, WMO header WTNT45 KNHC and
on the web at
www.hurricanes.gov/graphics_at5.shtml?key_messages.
 
WIND: Tropical storm conditions will continue over portions of the 
warning area in the Florida Keys through this evening.  Tropical 
storm conditions are expected to spread northward into west-central 
Florida and the Florida Big Bend region tonight and early Wednesday, 
where hurricane conditions are possible.  Tropical storm conditions 
are possible in the watch area in Georgia and South Carolina 
Wednesday night and early Thursday.
 
STORM SURGE: The combination of a storm surge and the tide will 
cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising 
waters moving inland from the shoreline.  The water could reach the 
following heights above ground somewhere in the indicated areas if 
the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide...
 
Englewood, FL to Aucilla River including Tampa Bay...3 to 5 ft
Bonita Beach, FL to Englewood, FL including Charlotte Harbor...2 to
4 ft
Aucilla River to Ochlockonee River...2 to 4 ft
Flamingo, FL to Bonita Beach, FL...1 to 3 ft
Craig Key, FL to Dry Tortugas...1 to 2 ft
Ochlockonee River to Indian Pass...1 to 2 ft
Mouth of St. Marys River to South Santee River, SC...1 to 2 ft
 
Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge
and the tidal cycle, and can vary greatly over short distances.  For
information specific to your area, please see products issued by
your local National Weather Service forecast office.
 
RAINFALL: Across portions of Cuba through tonight, rainfall of 5 to 
10 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches is expected. 
This will result in significant flash flooding and mudslides. 

Elsa is expected to produce the following rainfall amounts and 
impacts this week:

Across the Florida Keys into southwest and western portions of the 
Florida Peninsula...3 to 5 inches with localized maximum totals up 
to 8 inches through Wednesday, which may result in considerable 
flash and urban flooding, along with minor to isolated moderate 
river flooding. 

Across the rest of Florida...2 to 4 inches with localized maximum 
totals up to 6 inches through Wednesday night, which may result in 
isolated flash, urban, and minor river flooding.

Across portions of southeast Georgia and the Lowcountry of South 
Carolina, 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum totals up to 8 inches 
will be possible, which may result in considerable flash and urban 
flooding.

Across coastal portions of North Carolina into southeastern 
Virginia...1 to 3 inches with isolated totals up to 5 inches 
Wednesday night through Thursday night, which could lead to isolated 
flash and urban flooding..
 
TORNADOES: A few tornadoes are possible today through tonight across
the Florida Peninsula. The tornado threat will continue on Wednesday
across north Florida, southeast Georgia, and the Lowcountry of
South Carolina. The tornado threat should shift to the eastern
Carolinas and far southeast Virginia on Thursday.
 
SURF: Swells will spread northward across portions of the Florida
Keys and the west coast of Florida through early Wednesday.  These
swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current
conditions.  Please consult products from your local weather office
for more details.
 
 
NEXT ADVISORY
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Next intermediate advisory at 200 PM EDT.
Next complete advisory at 500 PM EDT.
 
$$
Forecaster Pasch/Brown/Papin
 
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