Tropical Storm Elsa has resumed hurricane strength and is expected to make landfall on the west coast of Florida early Wednesday.
According to the Weather Channel, Elsa’s center is located More than 100 miles south-southwest of Tampa. It is expected to bring strong winds, isolated tornadoes, storm surges and flooding.
With sustained wind speeds rising to 75 mph on Tuesday, Elsa returned to hurricane status for the second time, triggering the National Hurricane Center (NHC) hurricane warning.
In its Recently updated On Elsa, the NHC stated that it had sent “reconnaissance aircraft to investigate the hurricane.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the agency also warned that “tonight there will be heavy rainfall in Midwest Florida”. The warning was issued shortly after the Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunters determined that Elsa’s maximum sustained wind speed was close to 70 mph.
As part of preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Elsa, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency and warned residents The power may be off for a few days, Reported by Forbes.
Although DeSantis has expanded the state of emergency in Florida to 33 counties, neighboring Georgia has issued a state of emergency in 92 counties.
Hurricane Elsa crossed the Caribbean Sea and left Cuba late Monday before moving towards Florida.
The following warnings exist:
- Hurricane Warning: Key to Stan Hatch River, Egmont, Florida
- Tropical Storm Warning: West Coast of Florida, Georgia Coast, including Altamaha Strait and St. Mary’s Estuary, dry turtles
- Tropical Storm Watch: South Carolina, South Santi River, north of Altamaha Strait, Georgia
- Storm surge warning: West Coast of Florida, including Tampa Bay
According to NBC affiliate WESH (Channel 2), the latest forecast indicates that Elsa may land Wednesday North Florida Gulf Coast After it moved to the west coast all Tuesday night.
At the same time, due to some rain brought by lightning and Elsa, the search and rescue team working on the wreck of the demolished Champlain Tanan building had to stop working for two hours early on Tuesday.
Workers at the construction site that collapsed on June 24 have so far claimed at least 36 lives, and rescue work has continued.But the official had to Stop search operation According to the Associated Press, the rain has soaked the rubble.