At 8am this morning the National Hurricane Center Miami reported Tropical Storm Elsa is approximately 55 miles west of Key West, Florida. The storm is showing modest signs of strengthening during the next few hours. A hurricane watch and storm surge watch are in effect for the western side of the Florida coast. The north-northwest track is expected to continue through today before turning more northerly this evening. Landfall, potentially as a hurricane, is expected Wednesday morning. Thereafter a northeasterly track through Georgia and the coastal Carolinas is expected for late Wednesday and Thursday.
Highlights of the NHC/Miami 8am observation report to note:
At this time the forecast indicates the Lowcountry of South Carolina is expected to receive between 2 to 4 inches of rain driven by tropical depression winds with potential for tropical storm wind speeds. For Thursday 7-8-21, the tide chart predicts a 4.4 foot tide on flood slack water at 7:40am and a 5.7 foot tide on flood slack water at 8:03pm. With the heavy rain, shallow flooding and standing water on the roads are expected. Winds during a tropical depression can be sustained at 38 mph while wind gusts during a tropical storm can be sustained at 73 mph.
As a resident what you need to know and do at this time:
Reverting with details as the storm progresses.