Tropical Storm Elsa Heads NorthEast
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Below is the updated information regarding Hurricane Elsa, obtained from wikipedia, in italics:
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) began to monitor a tropical wave about 800 miles (1,300 km) from Cape Verde at 12:00 UTC on June 29. The wave quickly organized as it moved eastward,and advisories were issued on Potential Tropical Cyclone Five at 21:00 UTC on June 30, though it was noted that scatterometer data found an elongated and ill-defined circulation. It became a tropical depression by 03:00 UTC on July 1 as its satellite appearance continued to gradually improve, with prominent banding features to the west of its center. An advanced scatterometer pass also revealed the system to have been possessing a better-defined, albeit still slightly elongated low-level circulationmto its south and west. By 09:00 UTC that same day, the depression further intensified into a tropical storm, and the NHC assigned it the name Elsa. This also made Elsa the earliest fifth-named storm on record, surpassing the previous record held by Tropical Storm Edouard of the previous year, which formed on July 6. Elsa also became a tropical storm farther east in the Main Development Region (MDR) than any other tropical cyclone so early in the calendar year on record, behind only the 1933 Trinidad hurricane. Elsa slowly strengthened overnight as it accelerated westward, and at 10:45 UTC on July 2, the NHC upgraded Elsa to a Category 1 hurricane. This made Elsa the eastern-most hurricane recorded in the MDR, south of 23.5°N, this early in the calendar year since 1933. Around that time, Elsa was moving at a forward speed of 29 mph (47 km/h), making it the fastest-moving Atlantic tropical cyclone recorded undergoing rapid intensification in the deep tropics or the Gulf of Mexico, and also the first storm to undergo rapid intensification in that part of the Atlantic that early in the calendar year since another storm in 1908. At 15:00 UTC on July 3, Elsa weakened back into a tropical storm, due to northeasterly wind shear, which was partially due to the storm’s rapid forward motion at almost 30 mph (48 km/h). Afterward, Elsa’s forward motion significantly slowed down to 14 mph (22 km/h) by the next day, as the storm’s center relocated to the east under the region with the strongest convection, while passing just north of Jamaica. At 18:00 UTC on July 5, Elsa made landfall on west-central Cuba and weakened slightly. Several hours later, at 02:00 UTC on July 6, Elsa emerged into the Gulf of Mexico and began to restrengthen. At 00:00 UTC on July 7, Elsa was upgraded to a hurricane for the second time.
NBC News’ Catie Beck reports from Tampa Bay, Florida, on the preparations being made before Tropical Storm Elsa makes landfall. Bill Karins, NBC News meteorologist, breaks down the storm’s latest path, in the video published on July 6, 2021, “Tropical Storm Elsa expected to make landfall as a hurricane“, below:
In the video published on July 7, 2021, “Elsa downgraded to tropical storm“, below:
Current storm information
For the latest official information, see:
- The NHC’s latest public advisory on Hurricane Elsa
- The NHC’s latest forecast advisory on Hurricane Elsa
- The NHC’s latest forecast discussion on Hurricane Elsa
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