Meteorologists expect tropical storm Elsa will make its way across Cuba on Monday before turning north-northwest the next day.
At 5 p.m., Elsa was about 15 miles west of Cabo Cruz, Cuba with 60 mph maximum sustained winds. It’s currently moving northwest at 14 mph.
Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh says Elsa is undergoing some strong shear that is keeping it from intensifying at this time.
He says the current forecast track has Elsa coming across southeast Georgia and South Carolina as a weakening depression by the time it gets to the Lowcountry.
Elsa is expected to continue to move near or over eastern Cuba Sunday, and approach central Cuba Sunday night and early Monday.
Then, Elsa is expected to move across central and western Cuba and head toward the Florida Straits on Monday and pass near the Florida Keys early Tuesday.
Elsa is then forecast to move near or over portions of the west coast of Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), Elsa is the first 2021 Atlantic hurricane of the season. The storm had reached Category 1 strength by shortly before 8 a.m. Friday.
While Elsa is the fifth named storm of the season, it's the only one year to reach hurricane strength. In order to become a Category 1 hurricane, maximum sustained winds must be at least 74 mph. As of 8 a.m., 75 mph sustained winds were recorded by the NHC.
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