Hot Start to Week; Impacts from Elsa Arrive Mid-Week

Hot start to the week. Rain and storms from Elsa begin late Wednesday.

AM Headlines:
  • Patchy AM Fog
  • Hot and sticky day
  • Elsa will make landfall north of Tampa Tuesday
    • Local impacts begin late Wednesday
Discussion:
Patchy fog and hazy views to start the morning due to last night’s fireworks. This will mix out shortly after daybreak, if not before. It will be a hot and steamy day with highs reaching the low 90s. Tropical moisture and more heat will pump into the region through mid-week courtesy of Elsa. This storm will ride east of our region, but we could still be dealing with showers and a few storms late Wednesday into Thursday. By Thursday night or Early Friday it will be moving off the NC coast and into the Atlantic. Highs will remain hot the rest of the week with temps reaching the low 90s. Isolated to widely scattered afternoon storms will stay in the forecast through the weekend.
Tropical Storm Elsa:
Elsa is forecast to move over Cuba today. Current winds are sustained at 65 mph. It will continue to track to the northwest through today, before making more of a west-northwest track Tuesday. It will pass near the Florida Keys tonight, likely making landfall north of Tampa late Tuesday into Wednesday. Storm surge of 2-4′ will be possible across portions of West Florida. Rainfall totals of 2-4″ will be likely with up to 6″ possible across portions of Florida and Southern Georgia. Elsa will track into South Carolina Wednesday night with heavy rain possible across the coast. It will work its way into North Carolina Thursday, moving off the coast by late Thursday early Friday and away from the US mainland. Locally, we are on the right side of the track of this storm, but showers and storms will be possible with up to 3″ of rain for the far eastern fringe of the region. The NC/SC coast will take the brunt of the impacts with heavy rain and isolated tornadoes.