On early Wednesday, Tropical Storm Elsa dumped heavy rain across the US state of Florida, with forecasters anticipating the center of the storm to make landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast, but the storm appears to have spared Florida state extensive damage and power outages.
Late Tuesday, which had briefly strengthened to Hurricane status, weekend some overnight, with the United States National Hurricane Center saying in its 11:00 AM advisory that it was again at Tropical Storm strength and due to weakening more after landfall. Elsa made landfall in less populated Taylor County in Texas with maximum sustained winds at 105km/h.
Forecasters anticipated the center of Storm Elsa to stay close to the coast in the upcoming days as Elsa moves North over Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.
Many areas along the Gulf Coast of Florida are likely to have seven to fifteen centimeters of rain, along with added flood warning of Tropical storm surge. Tornado threats were also issued in some northern counties of Florida on early Wednesday, including the Gainesville area. Gusty winds and heavy rain are forecasted across Florida north once Elsa makes a probable turn to the Northeast.
A Republican, Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida, said at a news conference that no deaths or significant structural damage from the Tropical Storm had been reported. However, DeSantis said that could have been worse, adding that numerous Storm-linked deaths come after it passes. He said to be very careful when “you are working to clear remains.”
Florida governor said that there’re nearly twenty-six thousand consumers without power in the region, maximum of them in Pinellas, Polk, and Hillsborough counties surrounding Tampa Bay along Florida’s Gulf Coast. According to its website, Tampa International Airport suspended its operations at 05:00 PM on Tuesday and planned to restore flights at 10:00 AM on Wednesday following a check for any Storm-related damage.
Furthermore, teams were working to resume electricity, and the governor said no clinics reported power outages, which had been a significant issue in past storms.
Joe Biden, the President of America, has already approved a ‘disaster declaration’ to assist speed federal aid to those in the state of Florida impacted by Storm Elsa.
Earlier, Cuban authorities evacuated around 180000 people from their homes concerning the possibility of heavy flooding from the Tropical Storm, which already battered some Caribbean Islands, killing three people.
However, Elsa is the first storm to reach Hurricane strength during 2021’s Atlantic Hurricane season.