Tropical Storm Elsa A Little Stronger – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tropical storm Elsa is a little stronger on its way to the Lesser Antilles.

At 11 p.m., the center of the storm was 260 miles east-southeast of Barbados.

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Elsa is moving west-northwest at near 42 miles per hour and that movement is expected to continue for the next few days.

On the forecast route, Elsa will drive near or over parts of the Windward Islands or the southern Leeward Islands on Friday, penetrate the eastern Caribbean on late Friday evening and Friday evening, and move near the south coast of Hispaniola on Saturday.

Elsa is slated to move to the vicinity of Jamaica and parts of eastern Cuba by Sunday.

Recent satellite wind data shows that the maximum sustained winds with higher gusts have increased to almost 80 km / h. Additional reinforcement is forecast for the next 12 to 24 hours.

The tropical gale force winds now extend outward for up to 140 miles, mostly north of the center.

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A Tropical storm warning applies to:

  • Barbados
  • Martinique
  • st. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A Tropical storm clock applies to:

  • Grenada and its dependencies
  • The south and west coast of Haiti from the southern border of the Dominican Republic to Le Mole le St. Nicholas
  • The south coast of the Dominican Republic from the southern border of Haiti eastwards to Punta Palenque
  • Jamaica

South Florida is also included in the forecast lane, so we need to watch them closely over the weekend.

Elsa is not currently expected to pose a hurricane threat to South Florida. His next approach would be next Monday through Tuesday, but it’s too early to say what impact we’ll see.

The forecasting models are spreading and are not in agreement until late weekend and early next week. Some models predict that Elsa will stay south of Cuba, while other models predict that she could move across Cuba, the Gulf of Mexico, or possibly towards South Florida.

We all need to remain vigilant and aware.

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Tropical Storm Elsa is now the earliest fifth known storm ever recorded.

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