Storm Elsa path tracker LIVE – Tropical storm to hit Florida's coast ANY TIME as hurricane & tornado threat declared

KILLER Storm Elsa is due to make landfall with Florida TODAY after a hurricane warning and a tornado watch have been declared.

Bringing with it deadly 70mph winds, three people have already been killed by the storm as it battered Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Elsa could hit this morning – making landfall in Florida, before heading to Georgia and South Carolina.

Elsa was the earliest fifth named storm on record, beating out last year’s Eduardo which formed on July 6, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

Read our Hurricane Elsa live blog below for the latest news and updates…

  • Jocelyn Cook

    HURRICANE ELSA'S PATH IS RARE

    Senior Research Associate at the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School, Brian McNoldy, tweeted about how rare Hurricane Elsa's timing and path are.

    "Just how extraordinary is it to have a hurricane in the eastern Caribbean before mid-July?" he wrote.

    "Well, do 1933 and 2005 mean anything to you? Those are the only two years it happened before."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    EXPERTS DON'T EXPECT ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON 2021 TO BE AS BAD AS 2020

    The Atlantic hurricane season will likely not be as chaotic as 2020, weather experts revealed on May 20.

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is estimating that there will be 13 to 20 named storms in 2021.

    They're not expecting the same degree of storm activity as seen in 2020.

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    WHAT TROPICAL STORM ELSA LOOKS LIKE FROM SPACE

    On July 4, NASA astronaut Megan McArthur shared what the storm looked like from space.

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    TAMPA AIRPORT SUSPENDS OPERATIONS

    Tampa Airport suspended operations from 5pm ET on Tuesday.

    Operations are not due to restart until Wednesday morning.

    Officials closed schools, businesses, and airports in the state as Hurricane Elsa approached the coast.

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    RESIDENTS WARNED THE POWER MAY GO OUT

    A hurricane watch is in place for part of Florida's western Gulf Coast.

    Residents have been warned of power outages as high winds threaten to cause damage in the area.

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    WIND GUSTS INCREASING

    A reporter in Tampa shared a video of tree branches whipping around as wind gusts from Hurricane Elsa increased in St. Petersburg.

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    HURRICANE ELSA IN MADEIRA BEACH

    A local news outlet shared an image of the storm arriving in Madeira Beach, Florida.

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    ELSA STRENGTHENED TO CATEGORY 1

    Meteorologist and storm chaser Beth Carpenter tweeted on Tuesday night that Elsa had strengthened.

    "Elsa has strengthened into a Category 1 #hurricane once again with 75mph winds, and will maintain hurricane strength through landfall. #FLwx," she wrote.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    ELSA WINDS COULD REACH 70MPH

    Meteorologist and storm chaser Beth Carpenter tweeted about what winds to expect with Hurricane Elsa on Tuesday morning.

    "The sun is rising on Tropical Storm #Elsa which maintains 60mph sustained winds," she wrote.

    "It’s expected to strengthen over the next 24 hours while over the warm Gulf, and should reach high-end TS strength of 70mph before landfall in #Florida. #Hurricane Watches have been issued. #FLwx."

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    UNIQUE SUNSET AHEAD OF ELSA

    People in Florida have taken to Twitter to share pictures of the sky as the hurricane comes closer.

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    ELSA WILL BE LIKE 'A TROPICAL STORM EVENT'

    The chief meteorologist at FOX13 in Tampa, Paul Dellegatto, tweeted that the intensity of Elsa might be different depending on where Florida residents are.

    "Despite #ELSA being 'upgraded' to CAT 1 hurricane status, this will be a tropical storm event for most, if not all of our area," he wrote.

    "The strongest winds will be confined to areas right along the coast. Winds and rain will drop appreciably inland."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    HURRICANE WATCH SWITCHED TO HURRICANE WARNING

    Paul Dellegatto, the chief meteorologist at FOX13 in Tampa, reported on Twitter that the hurricane watch for Elsa had turned into a hurricane warning on Tuesday afternoon.

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    WIND GUSTS 'HAMPERING' MIAMI CONDO RESCUE EFFORTS

    Charles Burkett, the mayor of Surfside, warned the gusts were "hampering" crews operating heavy cranes.

    Officials in Sunny Isles Beach said 59 multi-story buildings built in the city before 1982 will be inspected following the Surfside collapse.

    Mayor Burkett said they have "deep concerns" about the structure of sister tower Champlain Towers North as investigations remain ongoing.

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    REMAINING PORTION OF MIAMI CONDO DEMOLISHED

    The remaining portion of the Surfside, Florida, condo was demolished on Sunday amid fears that Storm Elsa could hinder search and rescue progress.

    Explosions were heard at about 10.30pm ET before the building started to fall.

    The move was a key step in resuming the search for victims as rescuers tried to gain access to new areas of the rubble.

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    DOWNED TREES INJURE HAITIANS DUE TO HURRICANE ELSA

    Downed trees were reported in Haiti, which is especially vulnerable to floods and landslides because of widespread erosion and deforestation.

    Haiti's Civil Protection Agency said Sunday that three people had been injured by downed trees.

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    CUBA RESIDENTS EVACUATED AHEAD OF STORM

    Authorities evacuated more than 180,000 residents of Cuba on Sunday as a precaution with the storm expected to hit Monday.

    The storm's center was located about 270 miles southeast of capital Havana on Monday morning and was moving northwest at 15mph.

    Its maximum winds had strengthened to around 65mph, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

    Residents carried out maintenance work and moved furniture before the storm hit.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    ELSA IS FIRST HURRICANE OF ATLANTIC SEASON

    Elsa strengthened into the first hurricane of the Atlantic season on Friday as it blew off roofs, snapped trees, and destroyed crops in the eastern Caribbean.

    Officials closed schools, businesses and airports.

    The Category 1 storm is the first hurricane to hit Barbados in more than 60 years.

    It unleashed heavy rains and winds on the island, and then on St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which are struggling to recover from recent massive volcanic eruptions.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    ‘EARLIEST FIFTH NAMED STORM’ EVER

    Hurricane Elsa is the earliest fifth named storm on record.

    It’s beating out 2020's Eduardo, which formed on July 6, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach.

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    CATEGORY ONE HURRICAN EXPECTED

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    EARLY SIGNS OF THE STORM

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    HURRICANE WATCH SWITCHED TO HURRICANE WARNING

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    LANDFALL NEAR CEDAR KEY

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    DAMAGE OF HURRICANE IN THE CARIBBEAN

    Waves 12-to-14 ft (356cm to 427cm) high washed debris ashore in capital Santo Domingo.

    In Barbados, more than 1,100 residents reported damage to property and at least 62 properties collapsed as the island was battered with strong gusts and torrential downpours.

    Downed trees also were reported in Haiti, which is especially vulnerable to floods and landslides because of widespread erosion and deforestation.

  • Julia Fields

    GUSTS 'HAMPERING' MIAMI CONDO RESCUE EFFORTS

    Charles Burkett, mayor of Surfside, warned the gusts were "hampering" crews operating heavy cranes.

    Officials in Sunny Isles Beach said 59 multi-story buildings built in the city before 1982 will be inspected following the Surfside collapse.

    Mayor Burkett said they have "deep concerns" about the structure of sister tower Champlain Towers North as investigations remain ongoing.

  • Julia Fields

    FOOTAGE FROM ST LUCIA ON JULY 2

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