By: BNC Digital Staff
July 8, 2021
Tropical Storm Elsa is moving north and caused significant damage near the Georgia-Florida border, CNN reported.
Our Chief Meteorologist @kevansmithbnc has the latest updates on #TropicalStormElsa. The storm has winds of 40 mph and is moving northeast at 18 mph, with heavy rain currently in South Carolina and North Carolina. Watch #StartYourDay for continuous updates https://t.co/mpKQ1GrIAn pic.twitter.com/SsPQBXcg8P
— BNC (@BNCNews) July 8, 2021
One person was killed in Jacksonville, Florida, when a tree fell on cars. Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced a possible tornado touched down in the city on Wednesday.
In Georgia, a tornado touched down in Camden County. A suspected tornado affected the area near Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, where numerous people were injured.
A tornado has touched down in the downtown St Marys area, North River causeway area, & Kings Bay.
Public safety is advising the area is unsafe and all individuals should avoid the area.
— Camden County EMA (@CamdenCountyEMA) July 7, 2021
The Tropical Storm is now heading to the northeast, where it is likely to affect areas all the way up to New England.
July 7, 2021
Elsa was downgraded to a tropical storm and made landfall in Florida as residents in the state brace for high winds, flooding and storm surges. No fatalities have been confirmed.
#TropicalStormElsa updates from BNC correspondent @DerrickLewisTV. He is located in Crystal River, Florida and there is currently heavy rain, wind and flooding. Residents are bracing for Elsa’s impact. Watch #BNC for continuous coverage: https://t.co/mpKQ1GrIAn pic.twitter.com/gTE6Bs78lY
— BNC (@BNCNews) July 7, 2021
July 6, 2021
Airlines have waved some fees as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches Florida. The winds are at 60 miles per hour, moving to the north-northwest at 12 miles per hour. Residents and officials in Tampa are making preparations, including giving away sandbags to families.
The latest on Tropical Storm Elsa with BNC Chief Meteorologist @kevansmithbnc. The winds are at 60 mph, moving to the north-northwest. Storm surges are expected to be 2-4ft. Stay tuned for more weather updates on #StartYourDay. Watch live: https://t.co/mpKQ1GrIAn pic.twitter.com/kyY6UL3IRQ
— BNC (@BNCNews) July 6, 2021
On Wednesday evening, Elsa became a Category 1 hurricane storm near Florida’s Gulf Coast. The region of southern Florida was under a tornado watch, and emergency evacuation orders were put in place for many residents, according to CBS News.
July 5, 2021
Tampa, Florida, is currently under a tropical storm watch as Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to hit the area early Tuesday or Wednesday. BNC’s chief meteorologist Kevan Smith said that Tampa is also under a storm surge watch.
"Tampa, your way we're seeing increasing cloud cover and you're now under a tropical storm watch," he says pic.twitter.com/nMZhrbLG5k
— BNC (@BNCNews) July 5, 2021
Elsa is expected to move across Cuba on Monday, before going over Key West on Tuesday. Key West is currently under a tropical storm warning.
President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for Florida on Monday, freeing up federal emergency funds that will be used to assist state and local responses to impacted areas in the state.
This is a developing story.