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Tropical Storm Elsa has gained strength now that she has moved further away from Cuba and into warmer waters. TS Elsa Will Likely Become Hurricane Elsa Shortly. The 2pm update now has the storm at maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, just barely shy of hurricane strength. Also, the direction of the storm has lost it’s westward lean and is now heading north with the expectation that it will soon drift westward into Florida. The latest forecast now has the storm at Category 1 strength as it heads towards the Tampa area.

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The National Weather Service has also updated it’s advisory:

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SWFL remains in a Tropical Storm Warning as the effects of the storm will increase through the afternoon.

Stay safe everyone.

Hurricane Elsa 

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