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TS Elsa Arrives (Track Elsa LIVE)

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Gulf coast from Flamingo to the Aucilla River (including Tampa Bay) and for the Florida Keys from Dry Tortugas to Craig Key.  There’s a tropical storm watch from Craig Key to Ocean Reef in the Upper Keys.  A hurricane watch has been posted for the Big Bend area of northern Florida.

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Tuesday will see Tropical Storm Elsa’s closest approach to South Florida.  Expect tropical storm conditions along the Gulf Coast and in the Lower and Middle Keys.  Damaging winds, very heavy rain, a storm surge of 1 to 2 feet in the Keys and 1 to 3 feet along the southwest Gulf coast, and isolated tornadoes are possible there.  The east coast metro area will see windy conditions, periods of storms, and heavy rains with the potential for localized flooding.  A high risk of dangerous rip currents is in place at all South Florida beaches.  Highs on Tuesday will be in the mid-80s.

Wednesday will see improving conditions in South Florida as Elsa moves northward.  Look for a mix of sun and clouds with periods of showers and storms on a brisk breeze.  Wednesday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Thursday will feature mostly sunny skies with periods of clouds, showers, and storms.  Thursday’s highs will be near 90 degrees.

Friday will see plenty of sun, a few clouds, and periods of showers and storms.  Friday’s highs will be in the low 90s.

Saturday’s forecast calls for another typical summer day, with good sun, a few clouds, and passing showers and storms.  Highs on Saturday will be in the low 90s.

Tropical Storm Elsa was close to the westernmost of the Florida Keys early on Tuesday.  At 5 am, Elsa was located near 24.1 North, 82.4 West, about 50 miles southwest of Key West.  Maximum sustained winds were 60 miles per hour.  Elsa was moving north-northwest at 12 miles per hour.  Some strengthening is possible before Elsa makes landfall in or near the Big Bend region of Florida on Wednesday.  Storm surge flooding could be a big threat in the Tampa Bay area, with 3 to 5 feet of storm surge possible.

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.

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