Hurricane Elsa made landfall in the Eastern Sea Board on Wednesday morning shortly after 11 a.m. In fact, the storm will continue on its path throughout the Atlantic Sea Board.
Hurricane Elsa Has a Strong Windspeed
There are new details from the National Weather service. In fact, it has sustained Elsa’s windspeed at 65 miles per hour. It made landfall about 100 miles from the Eastern Sea Board.
Elsa has strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane about 12 hours before landfall. In fact, meteorologists said there was not a big difference between the damage caused by a weak hurricane and a strong tropical storm.
Hurricane Pattern to Shift
In essence, that track will put Elsa on a path just west of Interstate 95 into and through North Carolina this coming Thursday. That is a western shift in Elsa’s path, thus tracking the center of the storm more specifically over the Triangle.
In fact, Elsa is still moving at 14 miles per hour on a northward path. Moreover, this system is expecting to continue north through the afternoon then shift onto the north-northeast tonight.
By the time, Elsa weakens it will get to North Carolina. Moreover, it is expecting to be a tropical depression when it does finally arrive in Charlotte.
However, none of those changes to the forecast will cause any major changes to the impacts our region will feel the impact when Elsa arrives.
Soon, Elsa is expected to dump between 1-3 inches of rain (within the isolated areas getting as much as 6 inches of rainfall) in central North Carolina and bringing wind gusts as strong as 50 miles per hour in spots. Moreover, Elsa also brings with it an isolated tornado threat.
North Carolina is on the Radar of Hurricane Elsa
Clouds begin to build up across North Carolina on Wednesday.
Throughout most of Wednesday, the sustained winds remain below 10 miles per hour but will begin to increase Wednesday evening, then even getting up to 15-20 mph after dinner time.
As early as 7 a.m., the showers could begin in the Sandhills on Thursday. Then, as the day progresses, the rain spreads north across the entire region seeing rain and storms by the afternoon.