LIVE: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Gives Update on Tropical Storm Elsa Preparations

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(July 6) Watch live as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis holds a press conference regarding Tropical Storm Elsa at the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee, Florida, on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Tropical Storm Elsa is strengthening as it nears Florida’s Gulf coast, expected to make landfall as a hurricane Wednesday north of Tampa.

Elsa’s top winds reached 70 miles (110 kilometers) per hour Tuesday and will likely hit 75 mph, just above the threshold to become a Category 1 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said in an advisory at 2 p.m. local time.

Elsa is on track to come ashore about north of Tampa, in a sparsely populated area surrounded by nature preserves. As it approaches, it could push a dangerous storm surge into Tampa Bay, raising ocean levels from 3 to 5 feet.

“Hurricane conditions are expected tonight and early Wednesday along a portion of the west coast of Florida,” Richard Pasch a forecaster at the center, wrote in his outlook. “As Elsa moves near or along the western Florida Peninsula through Wednesday, heavy rainfall may result in isolated flash, urban and minor river flooding.”

Elsa is the fifth Atlantic storm this year and briefly became the season’s first hurricane as it moved through the Caribbean last week, killing at least three people. It will also be the third named storm to hit the U.S. this year. While meteorologists don’t expect the tally of Atlantic storms in 2021 to reach last year’s record of 30, they’re predicting a more active hurricane season than normal.

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