Tropical Storm Elsa, that made landfall Wednesday in Taylor County, in northwest Florida, weakened again: its maximum sustained winds dipped to 40 miles per hour (65 km / h), but dragged strong gusts of wind and rain in your advance through the Carolinas, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
Until now, at least one person died in a Jacksonville city neighborhood after the thick branch of a tree fell on his car due to the strong gusts of wind and rain.
In Camden County, South Georgia, what has been described as a tornado ripped through a mobile home lot at the Kings Bay Naval Base. About 10 people were injured and taken to hospitals by ambulances, the Navy reported.
Elsa is at 90 miles (145 km) west-northwest of Charleston, in the state of South Carolina, and traveling northeast with a speed of 18 mph (22 km / h), indicated the NHC in its latest bulletin.
The NHC anticipates that Elsa, the first hurricane of the 2021 season, will move over South Carolina and North Carolina this Thursday, pass near the eastern Atlantic states tonight, and move near or over the northeastern United States. on Friday. The system should pass through the Canadian Atlantic between Friday night and Saturday.
The system is expected to experience a “slow weakening” as it moves inland on Friday.
Elsa lost hurricane strength on Wednesday as it moved parallel to the Florida coast of the Gulf of Mexico, which has been battered by the rains, winds and storm surge since Tuesday. The entire area had been declared in emergency several days ago by the governor of the state, Ron DeSantis.
Its passage through the Florida Keys with hurricane force did not cause considerable damage, but the Coast Guard reported the sinking of a boat in the waters south of those islands. So far there are 15 people rescued and nine missing, according to rescue teams.
3 to 5 inches of rain are expected in various parts of South Carolina this Thursday with isolated maximum amounts of 8 inches.
Also, from central and eastern North Carolina to southeastern Virginia and from the Mid-Atlantic to New England, 2-4 inches of rain are expected with highs of 6 through Friday.
Tornadoes are also expected in the eastern Carolinas and southeastern Virginia throughout this afternoon, as well as some parts of the Mid-Atlantic coast and southern New England this Friday.
With information from AP and Efe.