Tropical Storm Elsa moves inland over Florida

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The center of the storm is approaching southern Georgia on Wednesday afternoon.

NEW ORLEANS — Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall in Florida’s Big Bend region on Wednesday at 10 a.m. It is spreading heavy rain bands, high winds and a tornado threat to the north and east of its center as it moves farther inland over Florida on Wednesday afternoon.

The storm will continue moving north into Georgia late Wednesday. It will weaken as it moves inland and will likely become a depression by Thursday as it moves over the Carolinas.

By Friday it will enter the Atlantic along the coast of the northeast US, and it could strengthen back into a tropical storm.

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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