Elsa is currently moving over the mountainous terrain of Cuba this afternoon. That land interaction is further disrupting the circulation of what was already a very disorganized storm. Satellite presentation continues to suggest a weakening storm, and we’ve seen the National Hurricane Center drop estimated winds through the day today.
Still, Elsa will be capable of heavy rain, surge, and tornadoes across the Florida peninsula and western coast through Tuesday into Wednesday. Elsa will turn northeast across Georgia and the Carolinas Wednesday into Thursday and will ride up the East Coast towards Nova Scotia by the end of the week.
Storm Surge Warnings are now in effect for a large part of the Florida peninsula. Maximum surge could approach 5 feet in part of the Big Bend south to Tampa Bay.
Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings are up for Florida’s west coast including Naples, Tampa, and St. Petersburg.
Elsa won’t have any significant direct impacts on Alabama, but beachgoers should be aware rough surf and rip currents are likely. Check out the Gulf Coast Forecast if you’re planning to be at the beach this week.