- Tropical Storm Elsa has gained strength to 60 mph and is continuing to move quickly across the Atlantic Ocean at 28 mph, seemingly on a path to Florida. The cone of uncertainty continues to include Central Florida.
At 5 am on Friday, the center of Tropical Storm Elsa was located near latitude 11.8 North, longitude 55.9 West, and continues to move toward the west-northwest at around 26 mph.
Elsa is expected to pass near or over portions of the Windward Islands and the southern Leeward Islands, including Barbados Friday night, depositing heavy rainfall. Outer rain bands will impact Puerto Rico also on Friday and Hispaniola by Saturday.
By Sunday, Elsa is forecast to move near Jamaica and portions of eastern Cuba.
Storm surge, wind, and rainfall could impact the Florida Keys and other areas in Florida early next week.
Floridians should monitor the storm and prepare for some possible tropical storm-level impacts.
We will continue to monitor Elsa’s progress as the storm continues to move closer and closer to the Sunshine State.