Tropical Storm Elsa Racing Toward the Windward Islands
Tropical Storm Elsa slightly gains strength
Tropical Storm Elsa formed in the Atlantic early Thursday morning. It is the earliest 5th named storm on record in the Atlantic basin. Replacing a record set by Edouard just last year that formed on July 6. According to the National Hurricane Center’s research on tropical climatology, on average the 5th named storm forms near August 31.
As of 5 PM Thursday, Elsa has sustained winds of 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph and is located about 410 miles east southeast of Barbados. The storm is forecast to strengthen slightly as it approaches the Windward Islands.
Tropical Storm Warnings are in place for St. Lucia, Barbados, Martinique, and the Grenadines. Tropical Storm Watches are in effect for Grenada along with portions of Haiti. Rainfall totals of 3-6 inches are likely with up to 8 inches possible.
Elsa will likely remain a Tropical Storm as it moves through the Caribbean, passing over Cuba early Monday. It is projected to be near the Southern Florida Coast early Tuesday, but there is still so much uncertainty as to where this storm will end up. Anyone along the coast just needs to watch this closely and as always – have their hurricane plan in place.