UPDATE: Elsa Will Hit Carolinas Tonight

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UPDATE 7/7/2021 11:20am: 

Elsa just made landfall in Steinhatchee, FL with 65 mph sustained winds.

The storm is now barreling toward the Carolinas and is expected to travel directly over Charlotte tomorrow morning, bringing damaging winds, flash flooding, and possible tornadoes.

UPDATE 7/5/2021 11:00am: 

Elsa has now been downgraded to a Tropical Storm as several land masses in the Caribbean slowed it’s top wind speed.

The trajectory of the storm is now expected to cross over both Carolinas this coming Thursday:

While Elsa has now been downgraded to a Tropical Storm, there is still a chance it could strengthen back to a Category 1 storm and potentially plow through the Charlotte region with hurricane force winds.

UPDATE 7/2/2021 10:00am:

Tropical Storm Elsa has just been upgraded to Hurricane Elsa. The storm has also increased it’s velocity and tightened its trajectory with most paths heading for the Carolinas:

According to the National Hurricane Center:

At 830 AM AST (1230 UTC), the center of Hurricane Elsa was located
near latitude 13.1 North, longitude 60.1 West. Elsa is moving toward
the west-northwest near 28 mph (44 km/h), and this motion is 
expected to continue during the next couple of days.  On the 
forecast track, Elsa will pass near or over portions of the
Windward Islands or the southern Leeward Islands this morning, move
across the eastern Caribbean Sea late today and tonight, and move
near the southern coast of Hispaniola on Saturday.  By Sunday, Elsa
is forecast to move near Jamaica and portions of eastern Cuba.

Reports from Barbados indicate that maximum sustained winds have 
increased to near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts.  Little 
change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the
center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles
(220 km).  Barbados recently reported sustained winds of 74 mph 
(119 km/h) and a wind gust of 86 mph (138 km/h).

ORIGINAL ARTICLE 7/1/2021 11:00am:

A rapidly developing tropical storm in the Atlantic Ocean is barreling toward the Carolinas and could make landfall in the southern tip of Florida as early as next Tuesday.

According to the National Hurricane Center:

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Elsa was
located near latitude 10.1 North, longitude 51.4 West. Elsa is
moving toward the west near 28 mph (44 km/h).  An even faster motion
toward the west-northwest is expected over the next 24 to 36 hours.
On the forecast track, Elsa will pass near or over portions of
the Windward Islands or the southern Leeward Islands on Friday, move
into the eastern Caribbean Sea late Friday and Friday night, and
move near the southern coast of Hispaniola on Saturday. By early 
Sunday Elsa is forecast to move near portions of eastern Cuba.

Most of the current track models show the storm impacting the Carolinas by the end of next week:

The Atlantic Coast hurricane season for 2021 runs from June 1st through November 30th.

NWS officials are reminding all residents in Atlantic Coast states to be prepared for this hurricane season.

In case of a power outage, make sure to have the following emergency items stocked in your home;

We will continue to update this article as this storm develops. 

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