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Elsa is hurricane again as it approaches the west coast of Florida


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Florida’s hurricane watch area is home to nearly four million people

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Image courtesy of the National Office for Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where the location of the hurricane Elsa is shown. at 19:46 local time (23:46 GMT). Tropical Storm Elsa strengthened Tuesday as its maximum winds rose to 75 miles per hour (120 km / h) and became a hurricane again as it approaches the northwest coast of Florida, where it will make landfall on Wednesday morning, the Center reported. National Hurricane (NHC) of the USANOAA-NHCEFE / NOAA-NHC
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Tropical Storm Elsa strengthened Tuesday as its maximum winds increased to 75 miles per hour (120 km / h) and became a hurricane again as it approaches the northwest coast of Florida, where make landfall on Wednesday morning, reported the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

NHC indicated in its 8:00 p.m. Miami (00:00 GMT) bulletin that Elsa was located about 100 miles (165 km) south-southwest of Tampa, in the central part of the western coast of Florida.

According to the NHC forecast, Elsa will move “near or over parts of the west coast of Florida” tonight and early Wednesday morning and make landfall along the northern Gulf coast in the morning, “then traverse the southeastern United States on Thursday.

A hurricane watch remains along the west coast of Florida’s coastline, between Egmont Key (near Tampa) and Steinhatchee River, in the northwest of the state, and there is a storm surge warning for the west coast from Bonita Beach to Aucilla River, including Tampa Bay.

There is also a tropical storm warning for Dry Tortugas and on the west coast from Flamingo to south of Egmont Key and north of the Steinhatchee River to the Ochlockonee River, in addition to the Georgia coast from the mouth of the St. Marys River to Altamaha Sound.

Florida’s hurricane watch area is home to about four million people.

Elsa, which is moving north with a translation speed of 14 mph (22 km / h), is expected to maintain this trajectory tonight, to experience a movement to the north-northeast on Wednesday, meteorologists noted.

All of Florida included in the planned trajectory has been declared in emergency by the governor, Ron DeSantis, who this afternoon said that, although he has not issued a mandatory evacuation order, the population, especially in the 33 counties under a state of emergency, should be aware of the weather conditions in their area.

DeSantis urged the population to be prepared for the impact of the system and to stay informed about the situation.

He advised against traveling by road due to potential flooding, he specified that the eye of the system will land between 8:00 and 9:00 Miami time (12.00-13.00 GMT) and advised those who suffer damage to their homes to take pictures of the damage immediately.

On Miami-Dade, on the southeast coast of Florida, a rainy day is expected as a result of Elsa’s passage along the west coast, but there will be no direct impact.

It is expected that the search and rescue of victims can continue in the Miami-Dade place where on June 24 there was a partial collapse of a building, which on Sunday was completely demolished to prevent its fall on rescuers. So far 36 people have been confirmed dead and 109 are still missing.

In addition to the wind whip, the area of ‚Äč‚ÄčElsa’s trajectory may suffer a rise in sea level as a consequence of the combination of storm surge and tide, flooding caused by rains, overflowing rivers and tornadoes.

Storm Elsa hits Cuba after leaving at least three dead in the Caribbean

Elsa will not be the first tropical cyclone to make landfall in the US this year. They just did it Claudette, in Alabama, and Danny, in South Carolina.

Fifth tropical storm of 2021 in the Atlantic, Elsa also became the first hurricane this year in the Atlantic basin as it passed through the eastern Caribbean until reaching Cuba on Monday.

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