The hurricane center believes the storm will continue inland to the southeastern United States on Thursday. At the same time, the storm is expected to subside.
Tropical Storm Elsa blew strong speakers and brought heavy rains as it hit countries in the United States in Florida on Wednesday. Elsa, who sometimes rumbled on the west coast of the Florida Peninsula with hurricane status, had managed to subside into a tropical storm when it hit the lands, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).
However, Elsa brought less than 30 meters per second of blowing wind when she arrived in the southern state. The NHC also warned that it could rain up to 15 centimeters, especially in the western and northern corners of Florida, which increased the risk of flooding. The formation of tornadoes was also possible, according to the NHC, in Florida and its neighboring states of Georgia and South Carolina.
The storm is expected to continue inland in the southeastern United States on Thursday, according to the NHC. At the same time, the storm is expected to subside. However, authorities have urged people affected by Elsa to be prepared for power outages and to obtain food and water for storage.
“This is not a pleasure ride. It’s dangerous outside, ”the Florida governor said Ron DeSantis warned local time on Tuesday night.
Elsa has already sown havoc in the Caribbean, where at least three people are said to have died as a result of the storm. According to the Caribbean emergency authorities, two people had died in the Dominican Republic as a result of the storm damage and one in the island state of Saint Lucia.
More than 100,000 people were evacuated from coastal and lowland areas as the storm swept through Cuba. The Finnish Meteorological Institute, Insmet, said the winds were blowing at about 27.7 meters per second at the time.
Storm Elsa was recorded on Friday as the first hurricane of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season. However, Elsa lost its status as early as Saturday, when it was said to have weakened again into a tropical storm.