Hurricane Elsa LIVE – NOAA tracker of Category 1 storm shows path of extreme weather nearing Florida
3rd July 2021

STORM Elsa turned into a category 1 hurricane on Friday morning.

A hurricane warning has been issued for Barbados, St Vincent, the Grenadines, and St Lucia.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Elsa could hit the US as early as Sunday evening – first hitting Florida, before making its way to Georgia and South Carolina.

Elsa was the earliest fifth named storm on record, beating out last year’s Eduardo which formed on July 6, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

Read our Hurricane Elsa live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    MAYOR SAYS STORM IS BEING MONITORED

    Mayor Cava said that the storm was being monitored and that “depending on the strength of wind” there may be some interruptions with the rescue and recovery effort at the collapsed Surfside building.

    There are also National Weather Service personnel on-site keeping real-time weather analysis to protect workers. 

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    ELSA WAS EARLIEST FIFTH NAMED STORM

    Elsa was the earliest fifth named storm on record, beating out last year’s Eduardo which formed on July 6, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

    The storm was located about 260miles east-southeast of Barbados and is expected to pass near or over portions of the Windward Islands or the southern Leeward Islands on Friday.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    SATELLITE FOOTAGE SHOWS ELSA WEAKENING

    Satellite footage from CBS4 Miami shows Hurricane Elsa appears to be weakening, and is traveling at 31 miles per hour.

    "All good signs for everyone in its path into next week," Craig Setzer reports.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    MAYOR SIGNS LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

    Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said she had signed a local state of emergency order in the lead up to Hurricane Elsa.

    She said at a press conference that authorities are preparing"out of an abundance of caution."

    "We urge everybody at home to take the necessary precautions. You know what to do."

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    GOVERNOR DE SANTIS SAYS ELSA WILL AFFECT SURFSIDE

    In a press briefing today, Florida Governor Ron De Santis said Hurricane Elsa will affect Surfside, the town in which a building shockingly collapsed, CBS reports.

    "We're preparing for the risk of isolated tornadoes, storm surge, heavy rainfall, and flash flooding," he said.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHEN DOES HURRICANE SEASON START?

    Hurricane season officially started June 1, 2020, and will last through November 30, 2021.

    Acting NOAA administrator Ben Friedman said there is a 30% chance of a normal hurricane season and a 10% chance of a below-normal season.

    2020 was the most historic year for hurricanes as it was considered the most active with over 30 storms predicted in the Atlantic. 

    According to Friedman, NOAA predicts six to 10 will become hurricanes with top winds of at least 74 mph.

    Also, three to five of the hurricanes of 2021 are expected to become major hurricanes rated a category 3 or higher.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    RESCUE CREWS AT MIAMI BUILDING COLLAPSE WORRY ABOUT ELSA'S PATH

    Rescue crews on the site of the building in Surfside, Florida that shockingly collapsed are worried that Hurricane Elsa could put the operation in danger.

    The path of the storm is not yet determined, but bad weather conditions at the building site are a concern.

    Governor Ron De Santis said the building collapse site would be treated with "special emphasis" as the Hurricane rolls in, NBC reports.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHAT WAS THE HURRICANE'S INITIAL SPEED?

    The storm initially had maximum sustained winds of 50mph and was moving west-northwest at 26mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

    The government of Barbados said it was suspending public transportation and closing vaccination sites and businesses including gas stations by Thursday night, while St. Vincent expected to so by Friday morning.

    Elsa was expected to strengthen in upcoming days and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea late Friday and Friday night and pass near the southern coast of Hispaniola, which is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, on Saturday.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    WHEN WILL HURRICANE ELSA HIT?

    Hurricane Elsa could hit the US as early as Sunday evening – first hitting Florida, before making its way to Georgia and South Carolina.

    A hurricane warning has now been issued for Barbados, St Vincent, the Grenadines, and St Lucia.

    So far, there have been reports of a sustained wind of 74mph with a gust of 86mph.

    The National Hurricane Center confirmed that the storm had strengthened on the morning of Friday, July 2.

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    HURRICANE ELSA COULD BE STRENGTHENED BY OPEN WATER

    Hurricane Elsa will pass over water for a full day, meaning it could either gain or lose strength because of how fast it is moving.

    The National Hurricane Center announced today: "A decrease in forward speed is expected later (Saturday) and Sunday, followed by a turn toward the northwest Sunday night or Monday."

    “Little change in strength is expected (Saturday), but slow weakening is forecast on Sunday and Monday when Elsa is expected to be near or over Cuba.”

  • Cybele Mayes-Osterman

    TWITTER USERS SHARE VIDEOS OF HURRICANE ELSA'S DESTRUCTION

    Residents of Barbados took to Twitter to share shocking videos of the destruction wreaked by Hurricane Elsa.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    HURRICANE ELSA IS 'MOVING SWIFTLY'

    The Weather Channel shared on Twitter on Friday evening that Hurricane Elsa is moving fast.

    "Hurricane #Elsa is swiftly moving through the eastern Caribbean toward Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Cuba," it noted.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    ELSA'S PATH AND TIMING VERY RARE

    Senior Research Associate at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School, Brian McNoldy, tweeted about how rare Hurricane Elsa's timing and path are.

    "Just how extraordinary is it to have a hurricane in the eastern Caribbean before mid-July?" he wrote.

    "Well, do 1933 and 2005 mean anything to you? Those are the only two years it happened before."

    "Not cool, 2021, not cool," he added.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    BARBADOS SUSPENDED PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

    The government of Barbados said it was suspending public transportation by Thursday night.

    The government was also closing vaccination sites and businesses including gas stations by that time.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHEN DOES THE 2021 HURRICANE SEASON START?

    Hurricane season officially started June 1, 2020.

    It will last through November 30, 2021.

    Twelve storms hit the continental U.S. in 2020, according to NOAA.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    PANHANDLE LANDFALL IS 'WORST CASE' SCENARIO

    A Tallahassee meteorologist tweeted about Hurricane Elsa's potential path.

    "One thing that's going to make messaging difficult with #Elsa is its north/northeast turn," Wright Dobbs wrote.

    "Surge impacts will be VERY dependent on the eventual track of Elsa. A path up the west coast of FL, w/landfall in Panhandle, is the worst-case in terms of extent."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    HURRICANE FOOTAGE FROM BARBADOS ON TWITTER

    "Bit breezy out there," someone tweeted as Elsa made its way over Barbados.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    HURRICANE WATCH IN CUBA

    A hurricane warning is in effect for Jamaica, the southern portion of Haiti, and the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, according to CNN.

    A hurricane watch has been issued for six provinces in the eastern part of Cuba.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    THIRD STORM OF SEASON TO THREATEN US COASTLINE

    Hurricane Elsa is the third storm of the season to threaten the US coastline, CNN reports.

    It could be near the Florida Peninsula by next week.

    There are some concerns the storm will reach the site of the Surfside condo collapse.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    2021 HURRICANE PREDICTIONS

    According to Acting NOAA administrator Ben Friedman, NOAA predicts six to 10 will become hurricanes with top winds of at least 74 mph in 2021.

    Also, three to five of the hurricanes of 2021 are expected to become major hurricanes rated a category 3 or higher.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    LOW CHANCE OF NORMAL HURRICANE SEASON

    Acting NOAA administrator Ben Friedman said there is a 30 percent chance of a normal hurricane season.

    There's also a 10 percent chance of a below-normal season.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    ST LUCIA GOVERNMENT OFFERS HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS TIPS

    The St Lucia government Twitter account offered hurricane preparedness tips on Friday.

    The tips included, "Clear bush and overhanging trees around your home."

    Another tip said, "Place official documents into ziplock bags to avoid water damage."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    STRONG SUSTAINED WINDS AS HURRICANE ELSA CONTINUES ON

    So far, there have been reports of a sustained wind of 74mph with a gust of 86mph in Hurricane Elsa.

    It initially had maximum sustained winds of 50mph and was moving west-northwest at 26mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHAT IS HURRICAN ELSA'S STORM PROJECTED PATH?

    Hurricane Elsa could hit the US as early as Sunday evening.

    It would first hit  Florida, before making its way to Georgia and South Carolina.

    A hurricane warning has also been issued for Barbados, St Vincent, the Grenadines, and St Lucia.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    HOTEL WINDOWS TAPED UP AHEAD OF ELSA

    A Twitter user shared a video of hotel windows taped up in preparation for Elsa's arrival.

    "Hotel windows taped up, some flooding and very strong winds #barbados #HurricaneElsa," she wrote.

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