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Tropical Storm Elsa Landfall + Recap

7 Jul 2021, 6:00 pm

Once hurricane, Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall on Wednesday morning about 65 miles north northwest of Cedar Key, Florida in Taylor County. For the latest information on the future impacts to the eastern seaboard: read more here.

Landfall Stats


Storm Surge

The highest storm surge reports were between 1-3 feet as Elsa made its way along the west coast of Florida. The highest surge was observed in Cedar Key, Florida with 2.68 foot surge.

Some of the visuals from the storm surge were seen in Cedar Key, miles away from the center of circulation of Tropical Storm Elsa.


Some of the highest rainfall reports from Elsa were up to nearly 1 foot of rain in Punta Gorda, Florida. Other observations along the west and Gulf coast got up to half  a foot to 11 inches.

Some of the heaviest rainfall reports were in the Florida Keys where Elsa brought rainfall rates up to 2-3 inches per hour at times.

Peak Wind Gusts

Some of the highest wind gusts were reported up to 70 mph in Key West. Tropical storm strength winds are anywhere between 39-74 mph as observed from these top locations in Florida and Georgia.

We will be tracking Elsa and have more updates on the way! Stay tuned to WeatherNation.

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Matt was born and raised on Long Island, NY.  It was there, that he had his first encounters with extreme weather.  Hurricane Belle struck in 1976.  Matt vividly remembers huddling in a hallway with his family, while the house shook from the ferocious winds.  In 1985, Hurricane Gloria came roaring ashore.  Matt and his father watched, as huge oak trees cracked like twigs in the front yard.  ... Load MoreMatt recalls, "When the trees snapped, it sounded like gunshots".  But it wasn't until college, when Matt married his love of weather with television news.  He met a local TV meteorologist at a Clemson baseball game.  An invitation was extended to tour the TV station in Greenville, SC.  Matt took him up on the offer, and a career was born.  After earning a B.S. in Marketing from Clemson, Matt enrolled in Mississippi State's nationally renowned Broadcast Meteorology Program.  He graduated with high marks, and went on to obtain Television Seals of Approval from the American Meteorological Society.  After 20 years of broadcasting, Matt has covered just about every kind of severe weather event.  But his favorite weather, is still sunshine and 75 degrees.