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Tropical Storm Elsa Local Statement Intermediate Advisory Number 36A...RESENT
National Weather Service Wakefield VA  AL052021
211 AM EDT Fri Jul 9 2021

This product covers CENTRAL AND EASTERN VIRGINIA...NORTHEAST NORTH CAROLINA...AND THE LOWER MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE

**ELSA MOVING QUICKLY ACROSS THE DELMARVA TOWARD DELAWARE BAY** 

NEW INFORMATION
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* CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - All watches and warnings have been canceled

* CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS:
    - None

* STORM INFORMATION:
    - About 30 miles west of Ocean City MD or about 100 miles 
      north-northeast of Norfolk VA
    - 38.3N 75.7W
    - Storm Intensity 50 mph
    - Movement Northeast or 45 degrees at 25 mph

SITUATION OVERVIEW
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Tropical Storm Elsa will lift across the Delmarva toward the northeast
and New England today...with improving conditions across the lower 
mid-Atlantic region. However, marine conditions will continue
to be hazardous to small craft this morning.

POTENTIAL IMPACTS
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* WIND:
Little to no additional impacts are anticipated at this time 
across CENTRAL AND EASTERN VIRGINIA...NORTHEAST NORTH CAROLINA...AND 
THE LOWER MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE.

* FLOODING RAIN:
Little to no additional impacts are anticipated at this time 
across CENTRAL AND EASTERN VIRGINIA...NORTHEAST NORTH CAROLINA...AND 
THE LOWER MARYLAND EASTERN SHORE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
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When entering areas that have been damaged, bring along a 
GPS-enabled device to help with street navigation. Do not drive on 
roads that have been marked closed.

Do not go sightseeing within impacted communities. Sightseers 
interfere with the emergency work of first responders.

When inspecting damage, use flashlights rather than candles or flamed 
lanterns. Be aware of sparks that can ignite natural gas or other 
leaking flammables.

Do not go up on your roof until the weather conditions are safe. 
Ladders can be slippery in the rain and unexpected wind gusts can 
blow you off the roof.

When clearing out fallen trees, be careful with chainsaws and axes. 
Always wear protective gear and keep others at a safe distance. 
Leaning trees and those which have fallen on roofs or power lines can 
be especially dangerous. If you are not in good health or unsure 
about what you are doing, have someone with tree cutting experience 
do the job. Never cut trees without a partner.

If using a generator, avoid carbon monoxide poisoning by following 
instructions provided by the manufacturer. Operate your generator in 
a well-ventilated space outside of your living area and away from 
open doors and windows.

Problems with sewer backups can further contaminate standing flood 
waters. Keep children away from flood waters. Also, listen for boil 
water alerts as tap water may have become non-potable.

Be alert for any lingering wind gusts which could take down weakened 
trees and/or power lines, collapse damaged structures, or cause 
flying debris.

Be alert for potential flooding from rising rivers and streams which 
may have yet to crest. Remain informed of the latest river forecasts 
and heed any flood watches and warnings.

Be alert for flooded roads which could be compromised or littered 
with debris. Avoid travel until water levels subside and roads have 
been cleared. Do not drive through places where flood waters cover 
the road. Turn around, don't drown!

* ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION:
- For information on appropriate preparations see 
www.readyvirginia.gov, readync.org or mema.maryland.gov
- For the latest weather and storm information go to 
weather.gov/wakefield

NEXT UPDATE
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As it pertains to this event...this will be the last local statement 
issued by the National Weather Service in Wakefield VA regarding the 
effects of tropical cyclone hazards upon the area.

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