Hurricane Elsa Forms in Atlantic with Warnings for Caribbean Islands

5-day cone by National Hurricane Center
5-day cone by National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Elsa has formed in the Atlantic with warnings posted for Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, and the Grenadines.

Elsa is located about 40 miles of Barbados and moving northwest at 28 mph with sustained winds at 75 mph.

“Elsa will pass near or over portions of the Windward Islands or the southern Leeward Islands this morning, move across the eastern Caribbean Sea late today and tonight, and move near the southern coast of Hispaniola on Saturday. By Sunday, Elsa is forecast to move near Jamaica and portions of eastern Cuba,” The National Hurricane Center said.

Most of the spaghetti tracking models show Elsa making landfall near the Florida Panhandle by Wednesday. However, Hurricane Elsa is expected to downgrade to a tropical storm by Sunday as it passes Jamaica and Cuba.

Since last night, the computer models have shifted slightly to the east, putting Sebastian in its cone of uncertainty. It’s still too early to predict the storm’s movement, but right now, the models are showing Elsa moving up the west coast of Florida.

Wind Probability

What does this mean for Sebastian?

Unless weather conditions change, there is no threat of a tropical storm or hurricane for Sebastian, Florida. However, it should move closer to Florida by Tuesday. 

In the coming days, we can expect a lot of wind and rain in Sebastian. Wind speeds could be up to 30 mph for our area if Elsa continues movement near the west coast.

Sebastian Daily will continue to report updates as Hurricane Elsa moves into the Caribbean Sea.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland, and grew up living on the Loxahatchee River in Jupiter, Florida. He has been a radio and TV personality since the mid-1980s. He has worked for WFLX-TV (Fox 29), WIRK, WLIZ, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and others. In 1994, Andy took a break from broadcasting and was a software and systems engineer for various companies in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2002, he moved back to Florida and settled in Sebastian, where Andy's family has lived for over 45 years. He returned to the broadcasting sector in 2005. Andy joined Sebastian Daily as our editor-in-chief in 2016.