Florida Keys under tropical storm watch Elsa approach Haiti – WFTV


ORLANDO, Florida – UPDATE 5:00 PM:

A tropical storm watch is now in effect for the Florida Keys from Craig Key west to the Dry Tortugas.

Elsa is near Haiti and is still a tropical storm at 70 mph and remains quite disorganized.

There is still uncertainty as to which course Elsa will take over Cuba, and therefore, how much weakening should occur before moving over the eastern Gulf and heading north.

One thing we need to watch out for is whether Elsa can reorganize after crossing the Gulf. We are still monitoring potential impacts locally for Tuesday.

By Sunday, we should see more tropical storm watches for other parts of Florida.

UPDATE 11AM:

Elsa was downgraded to a tropical storm with winds of 70 mph. According to a forecast from the National Hurricane Center, Elsa remains a tropical storm as it approaches Cuba later that night.

Land-based interaction with the Caribbean islands could further weaken Elsa on Sunday and Monday.

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The official trail has a tropical storm moving across the Florida Peninsula and impacts central Florida starting Tuesday morning.

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Elsa remains a Category 1 hurricane, with winds of 85 mph, but weakened slightly on Friday night, the National Hurricane Center said.

He should regain his strength by Saturday night, the center tweeted.

Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said the storm system was still in place on Friday. If it is held on Saturday, South Florida and the Keys should start preparing. If it takes place on Sunday, central Florida is expected to brace for a tropical storm.

A hurricane warning was issued Friday morning for Barbados, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Channel 9 meteorologist Rusty McCranie said the storm is expected to remain a hurricane until terrestrial interaction turns it into a tropical storm.

As of the 11:00 am advisory, the storm track approached eastern Florida slightly. This remained stable for the 5pm notice.

McCranie said all of central Florida is in the “cone of uncertainty,” but the National Hurricane Center continues to stress that there is still low confidence in the current path.

The storm is expected to continue to move rapidly over the next few days.

On track for the forecast, the National Hurricane Center said Elsa will cross the Eastern Caribbean Sea on Friday evening and move near the southern coast of Hispaniola on Saturday.

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Forecasters expect Elsa to move near Jamaica and parts of eastern Cuba by Sunday.

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Central Florida remains in the “cone of uncertainty”. The storm is still too far away to know exactly where it will go.

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