January 29, 2023

Tropical storm warning issued for parts of the East Coast as Elsa moves across the Atlantic – CBS Baltimore

Ocean City, M.D. (WJZ) – As the tropical storm Elsa moves toward the Atlantic coast, the National Weather Service has issued a tropical storm warning for several districts on the east coast of Maryland.

NWS expects that the high winds in the area, starting Thursday night.

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Baltimore City and Sicily, Baltimore, Prince Georges, Anne Arundel, Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert districts were given a flash flood surveillance until 8 a.m. Friday. The counties of Dorchester, Wycombe, Somerset and Worcester are under flood surveillance until 5am on Friday.

Rain is expected in Baltimore, while heavy rain and wind are expected along the south and east coasts.

Elsa’s epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor in Taylor County, Florida today. Substantial rainfall across the state could lead to urban and river flooding.

This risk is even higher for life-threatening hurricanes off the west coast of Florida, where storm surge warnings are in effect.

Elsa’s center will go inland, weakening to depression, passing Georgia and Carolina today and tomorrow. Heavy rain will travel in these states.

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Elsa Center will make its closest pass to Maryland on Thursday night until Friday morning. The latest National Hurricane Center forecast shows that Elsa will intensify this time and regain tropical storm strength.

There are some rain groups in Elsa and some uncertainties about how far north the tropical-storm-force wind will go, but officials believe the southern and eastern parts of the city of Baltimore will be affected by the storm. Areas off the east coast and far south of Maryland need to be prepared for tropical-storm-force winds, heavy rain and rough surf.

There is a chance of thunderstorms and rain in Ocean City after 3pm on Thursday. The NWS has forecast 80% of heavy rain and wind in the region from Thursday night to Friday, with a chance of thunderstorms on Friday.

Winds on Thursday could reach speeds of up to 36 mph. Chance of thunderstorms on Friday night.

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