Tropical Storm Elsa makes landfall, heads to Georgia – News Vibe24

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    St. Petersburg: A weak tropical storm Elsa rained down the entire north coast of the Gulf of Florida early Wednesday, but escaped significant damage as it headed north.
    Elsa sank in the Gulf of Mexico, briefly reaching the strength of the hurricane, but moved ashore as a tropical storm, the US National Center for the Blind said on Wednesday. The storm reached lightly populated Taylor County, Florida, with strong winds of 65 mph (105 kph).
    Governor Ron DeSantis told a morning news conference that no significant structural damage or deaths from the storm had been reported.
    “Clearly, that could have been worse,” the Republican governor said, adding that many of the storm-related deaths came after the system ended. “Be very careful when working to clean up debris.”
    Tropical storm warnings canceled for Cape Coral and Fort Myers. Further north, the Tampa Bay metropolitan area, while wet and stormy, appears to have appeared mostly intact. Tampa was no longer under hurricane warning, but meteorologists warned of tropical storm conditions, including strong winds and floods. Tornado clocks are also valid in some areas.
    DeSantis said there were up to 26,000 customers without electricity in the area, most of the counties of Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk surrounding Tampa Bay. Crews were working to restore electricity, and DeSantis said no hospital had reported outages, which was a major problem in previous storms.
    “We are fortunate to see minimal damage and flooding this morning, but it is important to always have safety. “Take care of your environment and do not drive into flood waters,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said on Twitter.
    Elsa is expected to cross from Florida to Southeast Georgia on Wednesday afternoon, and the National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning for the entire 100-mile (160-kilometer) coastline of the state. Elsa was expected to bring 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) of rain to Georgia as it stirred northeast before entering South Carolina west of Savannah early Thursday. By Friday, the effects of the storm were expected to be felt as far north as New England.
    The storm complicates the search for possible survivors and victims during the collapse of a condominium in the Miami area on June 24. Despite this challenge, crews continued to search the ruins of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, on the state southeast coast.
    The storm also temporarily halted demolition work on Wednesday on the wreckage of a capsized cargo ship that sank partially off the coast of Georgia. The South Korean Golden Ray truck was overturned in September 2019 off the island of St. Simons, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Savannah. Crews have dismantled and removed more than half the ship since November.
    More than 250 workers have been assigned to the rescue operation, and most of them were indoor shelters on Wednesday, said Michael Hims, a second-class Coat Guard Petty Officer, a spokesman for the multinational administration overseeing the demolition.
    The towering crane used to cut the ship into giant pieces is held in place at the wreck, secured by mooring lines connected by anchors and stacks. The crane also docked at the wreck itself, which weighs about 13,200 tonnes (12,000 metric tonnes), Hims said.
    “As long as the wreck changes, that is very unlikely,” Hims said.
    He said crews would watch to see if Elsa winds were scattering debris from the ship into the surrounding water. The wreckage of the boat is open at both ends, like a giant pipe on its side, and its cargo decks still contain hundreds of hit cars.
    Outside of South Carolina’s Edisto Beach, where a tropical storm warning was issued, Wednesday began to be bright and cloudy.
    “The kind of day you can feel when the weather wants to move,” said Mayor Jane Darby.
    The forecast for Barrier Island 30 miles (48 kilometers) below the coast of Charleston was similar to a strong summer storm – an inch or two (2.5 to 5 cm) of rain, with winds flashing up to about 40 miles / hour (64 km / h) and Perhaps a slight erosion on the beach with the worst of Elsa expected between low and high tides. All the beaches of South Carolina were waiting for the same conditions, which come mostly overnight to disturb visitors during a very busy summer.
    “Businesses are struggling with employees in short to offer much more than they are going to be bothered by this storm. That’s where the stress is now,” Darby said.
    Elsa is already the third tropical system to hit South Carolina. In June, Tropical Storm Claudette moved to the northern part of the state after landing in Louisiana and Tropical Storm Danny hit ground near Hilton Head Island. Both storms caused only minor damage.
    Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard said 13 people were rescued from a ship that had left Cuba with 22 people on board late Monday. Nine people went missing.
    Elsa is the first fifth storm to be recorded, said Brian McNoldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami.

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