FIRST ALERT: Elsa set to bring heavy rain, gusty winds on Thursday
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to bring some impacts to the Carolinas as the remnants move through Thursday.
As of Monday evening, Elsa was located over central Cuba. The storm is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico late Monday night. Land interaction with the mountains of Cuba has caused Elsa to weaken some.
Elsa will move just offshore of Florida through mid-week before making landfall along the Florida Big Bend region Wednesday morning. The storm will have some opportunity to strengthen while in the Gulf of Mexico but significant strengthening looks unlikely. While the water is warm, increasing wind shear will keep the storm in check.
Once Elsa makes landfall in Florida, the remnants of the storm are expected to race through the Carolinas on Thursday. The worst of the weather locally will be during the day on Thursday with improving weather late in the day.
Heavy rain looks likely Thursday with 1″ to 3″ expected for most of the area. River levels continue to run much lower-than-normal so river flooding is not expected. Some localized roadway flooding may occur to do the heavy nature of the rainfall.
Widespread issues from wind are NOT expected. Winds will turn gusty starting Thursday morning and peak as the remnants move through South Carolina. Secure any loose outdoor items as winds are expected to gust 35+ mph through the day.
An isolated tornado can’t be ruled out through Thursday. While widespread severe weather is unlikely, we will be along the right side of the forecast track. This is the region favored for a tornado threat with tropical systems. The threat for tornadoes will quickly end Thursday evening.
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