Officials in the Eastern Caribbean region closed schools, businesses and airports on Friday, intensifying the ELISA as the first hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.
The storm is forecast to hit Florida early next week, and officials are urging residents to be prepared.
Florida Gov. Ron Desantis said Friday that he is issuing a potential emergency order as Elsa approaches, adding that South Florida ID will see tropical-storm-storm winds as soon as Sunday night.
According to the National Hurricane Center’s 8 a.m. EDT advice, sustained winds were at 85 miles per hour, making the storm a Category 1 hurricane. Hilsa is located 475 miles east-southeast of Isla Beta in the Dominican Republic, moving west-northwest at 30 miles per hour.
Elosa lost to Eduard in July 2020, becoming the first E storm on record. The fifth hurricane in the Atlantic season is named Elsa.
The storm is the first hurricane to hit Barbados in more than 60 years.
“We’ve seen hurricanes hit the vicinity of Barbados, and the fact that the hurricane spread across the Caribbean in the early days is unprecedented,” said Bernie Rayno, a meteorologist in Aqua.
The first hurricane of the Atlantic season usually begins Aug. 10, University of Georgia meteorologist Marshall Shepherd wrote in Forbes. “We don’t usually see the“ E ”(5th) storm of the fifth E season until August 31,” he said.
The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network said Elsa could turn north and become weaker after Harsa turned into a hurricane.
Although a track in the eastern Gulf region is likely, Elsa could potentially track north of the Florida Peninsula or just east of the state of Sunshine, Aquaweida forecasters said.
Previously:Tropical Storm Elsa formed east of the Caribbean
The Florida Key and parts of Florida are at risk of storm impact, winds and rainfall early next week, the Hurricane Center said.
The weather conditions in Florida Key and South Florida could start to get worse soon Monday night, Aquaedar said. At this early stage, flooding and erosion on the Florida Peninsula, with perhaps the worst situation along the Gulf Coast, is likely to split wind and electricity.
“The effects will begin early in the United States once the system passes through the Caribbean. Residents of the Central Gulf Coast and the Carolina Coast across Florida should monitor the progress of Elsa,” said Adam Dowty, a senior meteorologist at Aquaweith.
The uncertainty of the forecast remains greater than usual due to the possible interaction of Elsa with the Greater Antilles over the weekend.
Aquaida has forecast 15 inches of rain in Cuba and Florida from the end of the week until the beginning of next week. The heaviest rainfall where ours falls will depend on the exact track of the Elsa, but significant rainfall may be far from the center of the storm.
Hurricane warnings were issued for all parts of Jamaica, including the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as Hurricane Watch for most of eastern Cuba.
Hurricane alert means hurricane warning is expected anywhere in the region, the Hurricane Center said, and “preparedness for life and
The property should be finished soon. “
Officials in St. Vincent and the Grenadines closed schools, businesses and an international airport on Friday. Heavy rain and wind blew in Barbados late Thursday night, forcing a similar closure.
Windward and South Leeward Islands, including Hurricane Elsa Barbados, are expected to receive 3 to 6 inches of rain with a maximum of 10 inches on Friday.
This rainfall can cause isolated flash floods and mudslides. In Puerto Rico, 1 to 3 inches of rain, including 5 inches locally, is expected late today from Saturday. This rainfall can create the possibility of individual flash floods and minor river floods as well as soil erosion.
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Contributed by: Rick Neal, USA Today Network; N’dea Yancey-Bragg, USA Today; Associated Press