Gov. Ron DeSantis declared an emergency Saturday for South Florida, warning residents to get ready for Tropical Storm Elsa.
His executive order declaring an emergency applied to Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, Desoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota Counties.
Elsa was downgraded to a tropical storm late Saturday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.
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Elsa has maximum sustained winds near 70 mph, according to an advisory issued at 8 p.m. EDT from the National Hurricane Center. Little change in strength is forecast through Sunday, but gradual weakening is forecast on Sunday night and Monday when the storm is expected to be near or over Cuba.
Elsa is moving toward the west-northwest near 23 mph. An additional decrease in forward speed is expected tonight and on Sunday, followed by a turn toward the northwest Sunday night or Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
On the forecast track, the storm will move near the southwestern peninsula of Haiti over the next few hours, and then move near Jamaica and portions of eastern Cuba on Sunday.
By Monday, Elsa is expected to move across central and western Cuba and head toward the Florida Straits. The storm is then forecast to move near or over portions of the west coast of Florida on Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.
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Warnings and watches for Elsa
A Hurricane Warning is in effect for:
- Southern portion of Haiti from Port Au Prince to the southern border with the Dominican Republic.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:
- The coast of Haiti north of Port Au Prince
- 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
Cone of uncertainty: See the latest graphic from the NHC
Satellite images: See latest satellite image from NOAA, for a clearer picture of the storm’s size
Latest data on Tropical Storm Elsa
Here is the latest data on Tropical Storm Elsa pulled from the National Hurricane Center’s 8 p.m. advisory.
- Location: 40 miles south southwest of Tiburon Haiti
- Maximum sustained winds: 70 mph
- Movement: west northwest or 285 degrees at 23 mph
- Pressure: 998 MB (millibars)
- When next advisory will be released: 11 p.m. EDT