This article will be providing the latest Hurricane Elsa updates information as this storm makes it’s way through the Caribbean Sea in 2021 and then impacting either the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean states. Additionally, we encourage ongoing discussions on this storm using the no registration form at the bottom of this article.
Very Latest Updates And Weather Conditions
July 6, 2021: Elsa regained hurricane status having winds of Category 1 status just before landfall along the central FL gulf coast near north of Tampa to Cedar Key where it’s expected to then be downgraded again across the peninsula and impact coastal regions of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina with winds, rain, the potential for tornadoes, localized flooding, localized storm surge, and minor beach erosion. This system will then enter the Atlantic where it could impact southern VA coastal regions before impacting Greenland. #flwx
July 5: This system maintained tropical storm strength all day and the NHC has this forecast to remain consistent until landfall in the central Florida gulf coast.
July 4: Elsa was downgraded to a tropical storm yesterday and continues to impact Haiti and Cuba before causing weather conditions for Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
July 3, 2021: Elsa is looking less organized this morning and the NHC has bumped the winds down to 75 mph, but this system will still be hurricane status around Jamaica and Haiti causing considerable damage and weather conditions for these regions. For the Continential USA, the NHC is now looking at the storm to be downgraded back to tropical storm force status as it enters the Gulf of Mexico, then swings northeast across Florida and along the East Coast of GA, SC, and NC.
At 11:00 am the NHC downgraded Elsa to 60 mph winds and once again a tropical storm.
July 2, 2021: Elsa officially became a Category 1 storm as the system passed through the Lesser Antilles and is now expected to impact Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Cuba before possibly impacting Florida via the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Coast. It should be noted that any United States impacts are very much too far out to predict as this storm is moving at 30 mph and is still 4 days from any weather activity affecting the Continential USA. As of the 11:00 pm update, this storm has winds of 85 mph which makes it a Category 1, and 96 mph winds are needed to become a Category 2. Also as of the July 2, 11:00 pm advisory, this tropical system is forecast to remain a hurricane till just before affecting Cuba where it’s then forecast to be downgraded to a tropical storm before continuing in to the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean. As it stands now, any landfall after Cuba should it continue on it’s current path will be for Florida and then the remnants going in to Georgia, western North Carolina, and parts of South Carolina.
If the storm continues with it’s very fast forward movement, remnants could continue well in to NC, SC, GA, and VA depending on strength at landfall.
The best way for USA interests to prepare for this storm is to review all evacuation routes now, and to begin yearly checklists for non-perishable foods, water, and to assemble your storm supplies and begin monitoring official sources for the latest updates. The best time to prepare for tropical systems is before June 1 each year.
July 1, 2021 – Elsa formed east of the Lesser Antilles as a tropical storm and was forecast to stay a tropical storm by the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service.
Storm Impacts And Education
While monitoring Hurricane Elsa, or even if this system gets downgraded to a tropical storm, it’s important never to focus on where the eye of this system is going when making preparations and planning. It’s VERY important to remember that dangerous weather conditions happen far from the center of circulation and can include fast rising and moving water from storm surge, waterspouts and tornadoes, high winds causing falling trees and downed electrical lines, and major flooding.
Please treat all downed electrical lines and utility poles as though they have an electrical charge even in the face of overwhelming evidence they don’t.
Never attempt to drive or walk through standing water or moving water on roadways, bridges, and streets as storm surge can create dangerous conditions very fast.
Now is the time for interests in FL, GA, NC, SC, and VA to contact your local pharmacies to inquire about getting a 30 day supply of medications.
Make preparations for all pets now and please never abandon them.
Now is the time to make sure you have 30 days of non-perishable foods and water, supplies, and that any electrical generators are in working order.
Please continue to monitor your local county and parish emergency management offices and officials for local information related to evacuations and shelters opening.