Tropical Storm Warning Issued for Outer Banks Ahead of Elsa
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from Little River Inlet, South Carolina to Great Egg Inlet, New Jersey, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds on the Outer Banks, as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches.
Elsa is expected to impact areas of Dare County on Thursday, July 8.
According to the National Hurricane Center, at 11:00 p.m. EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Elsa was located near latitude 32.1 North, longitude 82.3 West. Elsa is moving toward the north-northeast near 16 mph (26 km/h). A turn toward northeast is expected overnight, followed by a faster northeastward motion by late Thursday. On the forecast track, Elsa will move over Georgia tonight, over South Carolina early on Thursday, over North Carolina later on Thursday, pass near the eastern mid-Atlantic states late Thursday, and move near or over the northeastern United States on Friday.
Doppler radar and surface data indicate that the maximum sustained winds remain near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Slow weakening is expected through tomorrow as Elsa moves over land, and some re-strengthening is possible on Friday while the system moves close to the northeastern United States. Elsa is forecast to become a post-tropical cyclone late Friday.
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