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Elsa was downgraded to a tropical storm late Saturday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Elsa now has maximum sustained winds near 70 miles per hour, according to a recommendation issued by the National Hurricane Center at 5 p.m. EDT. A tropical storm watch now applies to the Florida Keys from Craig Key west to the Dry Tortugas.

The storm moves in the Atlantic at 45 kilometers per hour in a west-northwest direction. A decrease in forward speed is expected tonight and Sunday, followed by a turn to the northwest on Sunday night or Monday.

By Monday, Elsa is expected to roam central and western Cuba and head towards the Florida Straits. The storm is then expected to move near or over parts of Florida’s west coast on Tuesday.

Projections show that most of Florida is within the potential path of the storm center, with rainfall from Elsa likely to hit parts of the Florida Keys and Florida Peninsula early next week, according to the National Hurricane Center.

All Florida residents are encouraged to monitor Elsa’s progress and make preparations.

Warnings and clocks for Elsa

A hurricane warning applies to:

  • Southern part of Haiti from Port Au Prince to the southern border with the Dominican Republic

A tropical storm warning applies to:

  • The coast of Haiti north of Port Au Prince
  • South coast of the Dominican Republic from Punta Palenque to the border with Haiti
  • The Cuban provinces of Camagüey, Granma, Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas and Santiago de Cuba
  • Jamaica

A hurricane watch applies to:

  • The Cuban provinces of Camagüey, Granma, Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas and Santiago de Cuba

A tropical storm watch applies to:

Cone of uncertainty: See the latest graphic from the NHC

Satellite images: Check out the latest NOAA satellite image for a clearer picture of the size of the storm

Current data on Tropical Storm Elsa

Here is the latest data on Tropical Storm Elsa, taken from the National Hurricane Center’s 5pm consultation.

  • place: 130 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti
  • Maximum persistent winds: 70 mph
  • Move: WNW at 28 mph
  • print: 1000 MB (millibars)
  • When the next notice will be published: 8 p.m. EDT

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