National Weather Forecast
On Monday, we’ll be watching some showers and storms with a stalled boundary across the Southeast and Gulf Coast, with showers and storms especially later in the day to the overnight hours in the Northern Plains. Storms will also be possible across the Rockies, Northeast, and Great Lakes. Eyes continue to focus on Elsa, which will be crossing Cuba on Monday.
Through Tuesday evening, the heaviest rain will fall along portions of the Gulf Coast where over 3” of rain will be possible. In Florida, that’ll be due to the approach of Elsa.
Praedictix Corporate Weather Briefing: Sunday morning, July 4th, 2021
Tropical Storm Elsa. Elsa became a bit disorganized yesterday due to its fast movement, causing it to weaken to a tropical storm. This morning Elsa is reorganizing as the system has slower forward momentum with the eye reforming under the strongest convection. As of 8 AM ET, Elsa was sitting awfully close to Jamaica, with the center of circulation located about 45 miles east-northeast of Kingston, Jamaica, or 145 miles southeast of Cabo Cruz, Cuba. Elsa had sustained winds of 65 mph and was moving west-northwest at 13 mph.
Elsa Track. Elsa will continue to track close to Jamaica and eastern Cuba this morning, nearing portions of central and western Cuba late today through tonight. The intensity of Elsa over the next 24 hours or so will likely be dependent on how close the center of Elsa gets to Jamaica and Cuba. If it approaches too close to these islands, the center could be disturbed due to the higher terrain and weakening would be possible. If it moves far enough away from the islands, we would likely see some strengthening of Elsa. On Monday, we should see Elsa cross Cuba with some weakening occur due to land interaction and an increase in upper-level winds. Elsa will then approach the Florida Keys Monday Night and move along the western coast of the Florida Peninsula Tuesday before making landfall potentially near Tampa early Wednesday morning. Between the time that Elsa exits Cuba and makes landfall along the Florida Peninsula only slight restrengthening is currently expected. Elsa will bring disruptive impacts along its path including heavy rain, strong winds, and storm surge.
Hurricane/Tropical Storm Alerts. Tropical Storm Watches and Warnings, as well as Hurricane Watches, are in place along the expected track of Elsa over the next couple of days. This does include Tropical Storm Watches for portions of the Florida Keys. I would expect additional watches to be issued later today across portions of Florida. As of 8 AM ET, here were the watches and warnings in place:
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Southern portion of Haiti from Port Au Prince to the southern border with the Dominican Republic
* The Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Granma, Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas, Santiago de Cuba, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, and Cienfuegos
A Hurricane Watch is in effect for…
* The Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Granma, Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas, and Santiago de Cuba
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Cayman Brac and Little Cayman
* The Cuban provinces of Matanzas, Mayabeque, and Havana
* The Florida Keys from Craig Key westward to the Dry Tortugas
Arrival Of Tropical Storm Force Winds. As Elsa moves northward, tropical storm force wind gusts (39+ mph) are expected across Florida during the first half of the week. These winds will begin late Monday across the Florida Keys and far southern Florida Peninsula with these winds spreading northward Tuesday into Wednesday morning. As Elsa starts to accelerate northeastward, tropical storm force wind gusts will be possible across the eastern Mid-Atlantic from late Wednesday into Thursday.
Rainfall Potential. Heavy rain continues to be a major story with Elsa, particularly in the Caribbean. Areas of Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba could see at least 4-8” of rain with isolated 15” amounts that will lead to flash flooding and mudslides. In the Cayman Islands through Monday 3-5” could fall leading to some flooding in spots. Through Wednesday, at least 2-4” of rain with isolated 6” amounts will be possible across the Florida Keys and Florida Peninsula, leading to the threat of flooding.
Storm Surge Potential. We are also watching the storm surge potential across the Caribbean and Florida due to Elsa. In areas of onshore flow across the southern coast of Cuba this storm surge could be 3-5 feet and along the southern coast of Hispaniola could be 2-4 feet. Across the Florida Keys, the storm surge and tide would allow normally dry areas to be flooding by water coming inland. If the peak surge occurred at high tide, a storm surge of 1-2 feet would be possible.
D.J. Kayser, Meteorologist, Praedictix
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– D.J. Kayser