6:52AM July 7, 2021

MORE T-STORMS LIKELY LOCALLY; ELSA MAKES LANDFALL & TURNS NORTHEAST TODAY… Occasional rain and occasional thunderstorms are likely at times on this Wednesday as our local area remains in a moist, unsettled weather pattern. High temperatures will be in the upper-80s today. Elsa, the tropical system located very near the Big Bend region of the Florida coast this morning, continues to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to parts of the Florida Peninsula this morning. Isolated tornadoes continue to be a threat from Jacksonville and Lake City southward throughout the Peninsula region. Locally, no significant impacts are expected in south Alabama and northwest Florida from Elsa other than the ongoing risk of rip currents at the Alabama and northwest Florida beaches. Elsa will begin to move northeast today, ultimately bringing tropical storm conditions to parts of the Georgia and South Carolina coast. Elsewhere in the tropics, things are quiet for now. A few more Wednesday morning forecast notes are below.

SCATTERED STORMS LIKELY THROUGH FRIDAY… If you came here to read about some potential changes in our local weather forecast, unfortunately, I cannot provide that for you as our weather pattern will be quite similar in the days ahead to the pattern we have had over the last week. Scattered areas of rain and thunderstorms will continue to be possible at times through Friday. While the greatest chance of rain overall will happen in the afternoon and evening hours, rain will be possible at times in the mornings as well. High temperatures will be in the upper-80s today and tomorrow and near 90 on Friday and into the weekend. Overnight lows will consistently be in the low-70s.

ELSA BRINGING HEAVY RAIN & GUSTY WINDS TO FLORIDA PENINSULA… Elsa is now moving a bit to the east of due north. Bands of heavy rain and gusty winds continue to affect parts of the Florida Peninsula on this Wednesday morning due to Elsa. An elevated tornado threat continues today for much of the Florida Peninsula, mainly in areas along and east of the center of the storm. Conditions will begin to improve later today for the Florida Peninsula, but conditions will deteriorate throughout the day for parts of Georgia and South Carolina as the core of Elsa continues moving northeast.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR PARTS OF THE EAST COAST… The Georgia coast along with parts of South Carolina are under a Tropical Storm Warning this morning ahead of the arrival of Elsa later today. A Tropical Storm Watch extends to North Carolina this morning. Elsa will continue to rapidly move northeast through these states over the next 24 hours before rapidly moving out to sea into the north Atlantic Ocean where the storm will dissipate this weekend.

REMAINDER OF TROPICS ARE QUIET… Other than Elsa, the remainder of the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean Sea are quiet. No new tropical storms are expected to develop over the next 3-5 days across the Atlantic Basin.

APP… If you haven’t already, be sure to download the free RedZone Weather app to keep up with all the latest information on the world of weather in south Alabama and northwest Florida. redzoneweather.com/app is the link for the free download. Once you have the app downloaded to your iOS or Android device, be sure to visit the Alerts tab (lower right corner) and tap the large, yellow Alert Settings button to customize the alerts you would like to receive straight from me.

See all the details in your Wednesday morning #rzw forecast video. Have a great day!

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