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FIRST ALERT: New info/forecast for Hurricane Elsa

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Hurricane Elsa moved through the Windward Islands Friday morning with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph. The forecast takes the storm near Cuba by Monday before a turn to the north occurs. The timing for the turn northward will determine who is impacted in the United States. Changes to this forecast are expected over the holiday weekend. Stay updated here!


Meteorologist say the system is expected to pass near or over portions of the Windward Islands or the southern Leeward Islands on Friday, move into the eastern Caribbean Sea late Friday and Friday night, and move near the southern coast of Hispaniola on Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center has posted a tropical storm warning for Barbados, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Current forecast tracks show the system take it to the Florida Straits by Monday as a strong tropical storm. However, Live 5 News Chief Meteorologist says the confidence on the intensity of the forecast has not been that high since it’s too early to tell where exactly it’s headed.

“For the next couple of days the model consensus is very good, but once we get past that, where it’s going over after that could affect the southeast, but again it’s kind of far off,” Walsh said late Wednesday night. “But it’s one we’re going to continue to watch.”

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