Date: 7/7/2021 9:00 AM
Tropical Storm Elsa Update #8
Tropical Storm Elsa is currently located about 35 miles west of Cedar Key and 115 miles northwest of Tampa. Elsa is moving toward the north at 14 mph and a general northward motion is expected to continue through this afternoon. A turn toward the north-northeast is expected late this afternoon or tonight, followed by a faster northeastward motion by late Thursday. Elsa is forecasted to make landfall along the north Florida Gulf coast by late this morning or this afternoon. The storm should then move across the southeastern and mid-Atlantic United States through Thursday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is likely until landfall later today. Weakening will begin after Elsa moves inland later today. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles from the center.
A few tornadoes remain possible across west-central to north Florida into this afternoon. The tornado threat will continue later today through tonight across southeast Georgia and eastern South Carolina. The tornado threat should shift to the eastern Carolinas and far southeast Virginia on Thursday.
John Knox Village can continue to expect rain throughout today and into Thursday. Tornado and Flood Watches are still in effect for Lake, Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Osceola and Okeechobee Counties.
Please continue to closely monitor weather.gov, NOAA Weather Radio and local news outlets for official storm information related to Tornado Watches and Warnings for our area and listen for possible changes to the forecast.