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Potential Impacts From Elsa

3 Jul 2021, 10:25 am

As we continue to monitor and track Elsa in the tropics, we want to show you the potential impacts stemming from this storm.

In case you missed it, Hurricane Elsa formed Friday, but weakened to a Tropical Storm again on Saturday

Elsa has moved past the Leeward and Windward Islands and will continue to trek past Puerto Rico and Hispaniola on Saturday.


Near hurricane force impacts are expected in Hispaniola throughout the afternoon and evening Saturday before impacts begin to wind down late Saturday night.

For Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the impacts will be winding down through the rest of Saturday. Heavy rain is possible at times with very rough surf, seas 10-14 feet, and strong rip currents.

By Sunday, tropical storm to near hurricane conditions are expected across Jamaica, Cuba, and the Cayman Islands.

Heavy rain is expected to cause mudslides in Cuba, with additional flooding concerns for Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Storm surge is also expected to cause impacts for Cuba’s Southeast Coast.


For Florida, the direct impacts from Elsa remain uncertain. Strong wind, rain, and storm surge remain a possibility however to the extent of those hazards, it’s still unknown. That is because there is still uncertainty of the exact track of Elsa when the storm is around Florida early next week.

In the meantime, you can stay up-to-date by checking the forecast daily, preparing any items you may need for a tropical system, and think of where you will be and what you’ll be doing Monday to Tuesday of next week while Elsa may be nearby. Rainfall will likely be excessive in the Southeast to next week depending on the movement and path of the storm.

Stay with us here at WeatherNation as we update you on this story and impact forecast.

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Erik Kostrzewa was born and raised in the state of Michigan; spending much of his life in the suburbs of Detroit. Erik attended the University of Michigan and earned a Bachelor’s Degr... Load Moreee in Earth Systems Science and Engineering with a concentration in Meteorology. His first on-air job was straight out of college in Lansing, Michigan at WLNS-TV. After a few years, he moved an hour west to Grand Rapids to continue his career at FOX17 news. While in the heart of the lower peninsula, Erik covered a wide variety of challenging weather from lake-effect snow to derechos. Erik definitely has an interesting last name which comes from his Polish descent. If you are wondering how it is pronounced, the easiest way to say it is “Ka-Stree-Va”. Erik is thrilled to forecast on a national scale at WeatherNation and experience an even wider range of weather in Colorado! He is also looking forward to experiencing his first 14er on one of the many mountains in the state. Follow Erik on Twitter and Facebook!