WATCH: Key West gets battered by Tropical Storm Elsa
The storm is now poised for the east coast of Florida overnight into Wednesday
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Key West took quite a beating from Tropical Storm Elsa as she swept across, now heading to Florida where the storm is expected to strengthen into a hurricane.
Meteorologists believe Elsa will make landfall between 8 am and 10 am Eastern Time near Cedar Key, Florida on Wednesday.
The storm is expected to be packing winds up to 75 miles per hour at landfall. That’s just one mile per hour higher than the required amount to make it a hurricane. Storm surge in Florida could be up to 5 feet in some locations.
The National Weather Service in Key West said winds reached up to 59 miles per hour at the airport. Flooding, heavy rain continues to fall and up to four inches have already been reported.
We’ve got you covered all day and all night on the @weatherchannel as #Elsa tracks up the west coast of FL:
KEY WEST (70 MPH gust)@FeliciaCombsTWC
A #Hurricane Watch is up for Tampa – St. Pete pic.twitter.com/nyi2teo82H
— Mike Seidel (@mikeseidel) July 6, 2021