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Tropical Storm Elsa Expected to Grow Stronger Before Hitting Florida, Flood Watch Issued for Walt Disney World

News of Tropical Storm Elsa has been changing each day. As of a few days ago, the storm was weakening, but it is now expected to grow stronger before reaching Florida.

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According to the National Hurricane Center as of 7am EDT this morning, Elsa is just West of Key West and is expected to strengthen. A tropical storm warning has been issued for portions of Central Florida. Sumter County and parts of Marion County are now under a Tropical Storm Warning.

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The National Hurricane Center also stated that a couple of tornados are possible for parts of Florida on Tuesday and continue into Wednesday. Forecasters say the Florida Keys and into the southwest and western portions of the Florida Peninsula will see around 3-5 inches of localized rain and up to 8 inches through Wednesday. The rest of Florida will see 2-4 inches with totals up to 6 inches through Wednesday night. The National Weather Service has also issued a Flood Watch for Orange County that went into effect earlier today and will continue through Wednesday evening.

Below are other current effected areas in Florida:

A Hurricane Watch is in effect for:

  • Egmont Key to the Steinhatchee River, Florida

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • The Florida Keys from Craig Key westward to the Dry Tortugas
  • The Cuban provinces of Matanzas, Mayabeque, Havana and Artemisa
  • West coast of Florida northward and westward to the Ochlockonee River

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • Egmont Key to the Steinhatchee River, Florida West of the Ochlockonee River to Indian Pass, Florida
  • Mouth of St. Marys River to South Santee River, South Carolina

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for:

  • The Florida west coast from Bonita Beach northward to the Aucilla River including Tampa Bay.

A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for:

  • West of the Aucilla River to the Ochlockonee River

Walt Disney World is preparing for the storm by offering guests Hurricane Meal Kits at select resorts. At this time, the Resort has not made any other operational announcements or changes.

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