Friday July 2 2021
The fifth named storm of the Atlantic season is the most potent to date. Tropical Storm Elsa is in the western Atlantic Ocean this morning and heading to the Lesser Antilles Islands, with a long range track to the west side of Florida next week.
Tropical Storm Warnings and Hurricane Watches have been issued along the path.
This is a very quick mover, which may help play a role in its impact.
Large and Fast
The maximum sustained winds are up to 60 mph, and tropical storm force winds extend 140 miles from the center. The storm is racing to the west at 28 mph, which is rare for a tropical system at such a low latitude this early in the season.
National Hurricane Center Update
SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION
- LOCATION…12.7N 58.6W
- ABOUT 70 MI…110 KM ESE OF BARBADOS
- ABOUT 180 MI…290 KM ESE OF ST. VINCENT
- MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…60 MPH…95 KM/H
- PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 28 MPH…44 KM/H
- MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1001 MB…29.56 INCHES
Long Range Track
The speed brings this to the Gulf of Mexico on the west side of Florida by early next week (Day 5).
Wind (40+) Arrival Time
Watches and Warnings
The National Hurricane Center map shows this remaining a Tropical Storm (S), but this has a chance to become a hurricane as indicated by the Hurricane Watches.
Detailed Watch and Warning Update
SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- The southern coast of Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the border with Haiti
- Entire coast of Haiti
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for...
- Southern portion of Haiti from Port Au Prince to the southern
- border with the Dominican Republic
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
- Grenada and its dependencies
- Saba and Sint Eustatius
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area.
A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible
within the watch area. A watch is typically issued 48 hours
before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force
winds, conditions that make outside preparations difficult or
A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area.
Interests elsewhere in the Windward Islands, Leeward Islands, the
Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba
should monitor the progress of Elsa. Additional watches and
warnings will likely be required later today.
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