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Tracking Tropical Storm Elsa as it heads towards Florida

Posted at 11:27 AM, Jul 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-06 05:06:19-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The center of Tropical Storm Elsa is starting to move over the Florida Straits and some rainbands already brushing into western Palm Beach County with some lighter showers moving into Okeechobee County.

As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, the maximum sustained winds have increased to 70 mph with some land interaction. It is moving north-northwest at 9 mph.

This general motion is expected to continue Monday night and Tuesday morning, followed by a turn toward the north on Tuesday night.

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The storm should be roughly 200 miles to our west Tuesday afternoon.

While we're not expecting tropical-storm-force winds in Palm Beach County, we could certainly see gusty winds in some of the storm's outer rain bands.

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Whenever we get storms to come from the south and move along the west coast like this there is a possibility for a band to set up somewhere and not move, dumping a whole bunch of rain. So we have to keep an eye on that.

Rain totals could be 2 to 4 inches.

Rain chances stay high through the end of the week with a flow of tropical moisture continuing, but the storm will be gone.