Tropical Storm Elsa heads toward the Carolinas, bringing possibility of flash, urban flooding

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HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall on the northern Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and it is forecasted to move into the Carolinas late Wednesday night into Thursday.

Courtesy of CIRA/NOAA.

As of 11 p.m. Wednesday, the storm was about 150 miles west-southwest of Charleston, South Carolina. Maximum sustained winds clocked in at 45 mph.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…
* Little River Inlet, South Carolina to Great Egg Inlet, New Jersey.
* Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds
* Chesapeake Bay south of North Beach and the tidal Potomac south of Cobb Island
* Delaware Bay south of Slaughter Beach

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* North of Great Egg Inlet, New Jersey to Sandy Hook, New Jersey
* Long Island from East Rockaway Inlet to the eastern tip along the south shore and from Port Jefferson Harbor eastward on the north shore
* New Haven, Connecticut to Sagamore Beach, Massachusetts including Cape Cod, Block Island, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.

While the storm is predicted to weaken, it’s still expected to have major impacts across eastern and central North Carolina as it moves north.

Forecasters expect Elsa to cross the southeastern and mid-Atlantic U.S. through Thursday.

Currently, the advisory predicts 1 to 3 inches of rain across North Carolina and southeastern Virginia tonight through Thursday. Isolated totals of up to 5 inches could lead to isolated flash and urban flooding.

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