4 pm: Elsa remains a strong Tropical Storm as it continues northward

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NEW ORLEANS — Elsa is just to the west of Naples and Fort Myers, FL on the SW coast heading N at 10 mph. The storm is trying to become a bit more organized over the last several hours, despite dry air and wind shear. It could become a hurricane before landfall Wednesday.

 A landfall somewhere along the west coast of Florida, possibly as far north as the big bend, looks likely early Wednesday. Models are in good agreement with this general track. 

We’re not expecting any impacts along our part of the Gulf Coast.

2021 Hurricane Season Outlook

The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season is forecast to produce more storms than average. The reason for this is the lack of El Nino, which typically features more wind shear. We also expect warmer than average sea temperatures and an active West African Monsoon.

After a record-breaking 2020 hurricane season, we now know the Greek alphabet will no longer be used to name storms.

The World Meteorological Organization announced the Greek alphabet will not be used in the future because it “creates a distraction from the communication of hazard and storm warnings and is potentially confusing.”

There has been only one other season that used the extra set of names, and that was in 2005. The World Meteorological Organization released a new set of supplemental names that will be used if the season exhausts the standard list.

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