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TS Warnings From Elsa (LIVE Tracking)

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Gulf coast from Flamingo to Englewood and for the Florida Keys from Dry Tortugas to Craig Key.  A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Upper Keys.  All preparations should be completed in the Keys and the Naples area no later than Monday morning.

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Monday’s weather will be influenced by Tropical Storm Elsa as it approaches the Florida Keys.  Look for some sun and more clouds in the morning, followed by heavy rain and increasingly gusty winds.  Expect tropical storm conditions in portions of the Florida Keys by Monday evening.  Conditions will deteriorate in the Naples area Monday night.  Highs on Monday will be in the mid-80s.

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Tuesday will see the closest approach of Elsa to South Florida.  The Gulf Coast and portions of the Keys will continue to see tropical storm conditions, with very heavy rain, damaging winds, and the possibility of an isolated tornado.  The east coast metro area will see windy conditions and heavy rain at times.  Localized flooding is possible, and we could see 1 to 2 feet of storm surge flooding in some locations.  Tuesday’s highs will be in the mid-80s.

Wednesday will bring some sun, more clouds, and some showers and storms on a brisk breeze as Elsa moves northward.  Wednesday’s highs will be in the upper 80s.

Thursday will feature a mix of sun and clouds with periods of showers and storms in the afternoon.  Thursday’s highs will be in the upper 80s in the east coast metro area and near 90 degrees along the Gulf coast.

Friday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and passing showers and storms.  Highs on Friday will be near 90 degrees.

Tropical Storm Elsa

Tropical Storm Elsa was just south of the central Cuban coast early on Monday.  At 5 am, Elsa was located near 21.0 North, 79.9 West, about 220 miles southeast of Havana.  Maximum sustained winds were 65 miles per hour.  Elsa was moving northwest at 14 miles per hour.

People along the Gulf Coast and in the Lower and Middle Keys should prepare for tropical storm force winds with stronger gusts, heavy and potentially flooding rains, minor storm surge flooding (but enough to make portions of the Overseas Highway in the Keys briefly impassible), and the possibility of an isolated tornado.  While the east coast metro area will not see direct impacts from Elsa, people there should expect heavy rains, windy conditions (with tropical storm force gusts), and the possibility of an isolated tornado.

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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