The cold never bothered her anyway, but Tropical Storm Elsa’s expected to bother New York City later tonight and Friday morning with heavy rain, flooding, and wind expected, according to the latest forecast by the National Weather Service Thursday, July 8.
The weather watchers predict Elsa to track very near or over the Tri-State coast early Friday morning as a weak Tropical Storm.
The system could bring weak tropical storm force winds of more than 39 miles per hour to coastal areas in the Jamaica Bay and along the Rockaway Peninsula, as well as Long Island and southeastern Connecticut late tonight or Friday morning, with a lower probability for the worst of it hitting areas further north and west, such as New York City.
The storm will bring 1-3 inches of rainfall, most of which will come pouring down between 2 am-noon Friday, and the heaviest amounts of which will be in the Five Boroughs.
5AM EDT July 8 Tropical Storm #Elsa Key Messages. Tropical Storm Warning issued for portions of the Mid-Atlantic and New England states, extending northward to the Merrimack River in Massachusetts. https://t.co/8mjVghXe3g pic.twitter.com/YokNB9fnMC
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) July 8, 2021
This will likely cause flash flooding, especially in urban areas and places with poor drainage late Thursday night and Friday morning.
There is potential for a few severe thunderstorms Thursday afternoon and evening in the city, and an isolated tornado is also possible.
Out on the water there will be dangerous rip currents through Friday and high surf of 6-9 feet is possible Thursday night into Friday along the ocean.
There could also be some localized minor flooding in the lower New York Harbor.
The storm first made landfall in Florida’s Gulf Coast Wednesday morning, before heading north along the Eastern Seaboard, moving across the Carolinas and up the Mid-Atlantic states Thursday, and heading toward New Jersey.