Elsa’s maximum sustained winds have increased to near 75 mph, and the cyclone is now a hurricane. At 8:30 a.m., Hurricane Elsa was located 40 miles west of Barbados with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. Elsa is moving toward the west-northwest near 28 mph, and this motion is expected to continue during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, Elsa should move across the eastern Caribbean Sea late today and tonight and move near the southern coast of Hispaniola on Saturday. By Sunday, Elsa is forecast to move near Jamaica and portions of eastern Cuba. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.
There is a risk of storm surge, wind, and rainfall impacts in the Florida Keys and portions of the Florida Peninsula early next week. However, the forecast uncertainty remains larger than usual due to Elsa’s potential interaction with the Greater Antilles this weekend.
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