Tropical Storm Elsa – Update #4 – 7/4/2021
University of Florida officials are actively monitoring Tropical Storm Elsa, and much remains unknown about the storm’s path. Here’s what we know today:
Tropical storm conditions and dangerous storm surge are expected with hurricane conditions possible in portions of eastern Cuba later today and tonight. Tropical storm conditions are expected in portions of central and western Cuba tonight and Monday.
As tropical storm Elsa approaches the Florida Keys and the Florida Peninsula Monday through Wednesday, heavy rainfall may result in isolated flash, urban and minor river flooding. The current forecast indicates tropical storm conditions, storm surge and rainfall impacts are expected beginning late Monday in the Florida Keys and are possible along the coast of southwestern Florida beginning tomorrow night.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the lower and middle Keys. A tropical storm watch has been issued for the upper Keys and portions of the southwest coast. Additional watches and warnings are likely to be issued later today.
UF units in Florida with operations should closely monitor forecasts. Those within the watches and warnings areas should be implementing plans and be ready to follow guidance from local officials.
No tropical storm warnings or watches are currently in place for Alachua County, and no operational changes are planned for the UF campus in Gainesville. Gainesville is projected to receive 3.2 inches of rain through Friday. However, the forecast remains uncertain due to Elsa’s potential interaction with Cuba. We will continue to monitor and update the UF community on expected impacts or schedule changes as information becomes available.
For additional information, please visit National Hurricane Center