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Tropical Storm Elsa has become a hurricane, and it’s set to hit Florida

Tropical Storm Elsa became Hurricane Elsa on Tuesday.

A Tropical Storm hovers over the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday.
A Tropical Storm hovers over the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday.
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Tropical Storm Elsa has strengthened into a hurricane on Tuesday, and it is set to hit parts of Florida beginning on Tuesday.

The latest on Tropical Storm Elsa

The National Hurricane Center said there are multiple hurricane warnings and watches in effect for Tropical Storm Elsa. Reports surfaced Tuesday afternoon that the storm would become a hurricane.

  • A hurricane watch has been issued on the coast of Florida, which means “that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area,” according to National Hurricane Center.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for the Georgia coast and parts of the South Carolina coast.

  • The NHC said there’s also a storm surge in effect for multiple areas in Florida and South Carolina. That “means there is a danger of life-threatening inundation, from rising water moving inland from the coastline,” according to NHC.

There’s also a chance that tornadoes will develop in the area.

Tropical Storm Elsa hurricane prediction:

Fox 13 Tampa Bay reporter Paul Dellegatto suggested that the storm won’t become a hurricane before landfall earlier in the week. But that has since changed.

  • “Track is pretty much locked in. Weather goes downhill starting Tuesday afternoon. It’ll be nasty Tuesday night, especially near coast. Not impossible for storm to be a hurricane at some point before landfall,” he tweeted.

Florida forecast: How long will the rain last?

In Florida, rain will last in the area through Wednesday night, according to WESH-TV.