First Atlantic Hurricane Strengthens Off Florida

Landfall expected between July 5 and 6.

The National Hurricane Center has predicted that Elsa, previously classified as a tropical storm, is strengthening into the first hurricane of the Atlantic season this weekend as it is set to make landfall in Florida.

The storm arrived over the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday. Warnings were issued for Martinique and the Dominican Republic, while tropical storm watches are in effect in Grenada, Saba, Saint Eustatius, Dominica, and Jamaica.

Hurricane Elsa is projected to eventually make its way into Florida between July 5 and 6. Heavy winds and rainfall could complicate rescue efforts at the collapsed tower in Miami-Dade County.

At present, the entire Florida peninsula is in the forecast “cone” of the coming storm.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For government officials evaluating safety concerns in the path of the storm.
  • For people living in the Caribbean who are having to endure Hurricane Elsa.
  • For residents of Florida to be attentive to upcoming warnings in preparation for the storm.
  • For the rescue and recovery personnel continuing to work amidst the rubble of the collapsed condominium in Surfside, Florida.

Sources: National Hurricane Center, CBS


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