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Mobile, Alabama (WKRG) – We continue to monitor Elsa, who has weakened again to a tropical storm with maximum winds of 65 mph. Elsa tries to pull herself together, but the Hurricane Hunters found her weakened tonight.
Elsa continues to have a very fast forward speed but has slowed down between Haiti and Cuba. It is expected that the path will take him to the Greater Antilles, which are the islands of Cuba, Hispaniola and Jamaica this weekend.
So where will Elsa go? Right now, the forecast trail shows Elsa is approaching Cuba from Sunday to Monday. This terrestrial interaction will likely keep the storm on the weaker side. Early next week, we expect a turn to the north towards the Straits of Florida or the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. Elsa could be trending toward a landing on the Florida Peninsula or following a course in the eastern Gulf of Mexico with a landing in the western panhandle of Florida from Tuesday to Wednesday. At this time, we are not on the way to Elsa, so it is not an imminent threat to our part of the Gulf Coast. Plus, your vacation weekend feels free from tropical harms, including our Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, and Destin beaches along and south of I-10. We’ll still see summer storms, but Elsa will stay out of the Gulf at least Sunday through Monday. Be sure to come back early next week if you are traveling to Florida or other neighboring states.
We’ve already seen the current tear risk increase, and this trend will likely continue until next week. The gulf usually gets tough whenever there is a system in the gulf no matter what the ultimate path is.
We are still a long way off, so we will continue to see changes. We will continue to monitor Elsa’s progress throughout the weekend and early next week.