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Elsa Is A Tropical Storm Again As It Heads To The Big Bend Area (Track Elsa LIVE)

Tropical Storm Elsa continues to lash Florida’s Gulf coast as it approaches landfall near the Big Bend area.  While tropical storm warnings are in effect for much of the Florida Gulf coast, there are no warnings for South Florida.

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Elsa briefly became a hurricane again Tuesday night, but it’s back to tropical storm strength on Wednesday.  At 5 am, Tropical Storm Elsa was located near 28.5 North, 83.5 West, about 75 miles south-southwest of Cedar Key and 70 miles west-northwest of Tampa.  Maximum sustained winds were 65 miles per hour as Elsa has battled wind shear.  The tropical storm was moving north at 14 miles per hour and is expected to make landfall during the day on Wednesday.  Elsa will move across northern Florida and coastal portions of the southeastern U.S. late Wednesday into Thursday.  Then Elsa will rapidly move very near the mid-Atlantic and New England coasts on Friday.

Wednesday features cloudy and windy conditions along the Gulf coast, with some strong storms early and showers at times throughout the day.  The east coast metro area will see a mix of sun and clouds with showers and storms at times on a gusty breeze.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents remains at all South Florida beaches, so stay away.  Highs on Wednesday will be mostly in the upper 80s, but a few locations could reach 90 degrees.

Thursday will bring good sun, clouds at times, and periods of summertime showers and storms during the afternoon.  Thursday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Friday will feature mostly sunny skies with passing showers and storms.  Friday’s highs will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and the low 90s along the Gulf coast.

Saturday will see a mix of sun, clouds, showers, and storms.  Saturday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Sunday’s forecast calls for lots of sun with some showers and storms during the afternoon.  Highs on Sunday will be near 90 degrees.

Donna Thomas has studied hurricanes for two decades. She holds a PhD in history when her experience with Hurricane Andrew ultimately led her to earn a degree in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Donna spent 15 years at WFOR-TV (CBS4 in Miami-Fort Lauderdale), where she worked as a weather producer with hurricane experts Bryan Norcross and David Bernard. She also produced hurricane specials and weather-related features and news coverage, as well as serving as pool TV producer at the National Hurricane Center during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Donna also served as a researcher on NOAA's Atlantic Hurricane Database Reanalysis Project. Donna specializes in Florida's hurricane history.