Elsa rebounded into a Category 1 storm again Tuesday night and is churning up the west coast of Florida after pounding away at the Keys.
The NHC said in its 8 pm update that Hurricane Elsa was about 100 miles south-southwest of Tampa moving north at 14 mph, much slower than its previous peak speed of 31 mph. Elsa currently is speeding up with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and tropical-storm-force winds extending out 90 miles from its center.
The forecast has the center of Elsa 20 miles off the coast of Tampa Bay as a Category 1 hurricane with 75 mph sustained winds and gusts up to 90 mph by 2 am Wednesday.
There is a tornado watch for Osceola and Polk counties and all of South Florida until 11 p.m.