TS Elsa Finally Shifts to NW Track
Published 4th July 2021, 10:31pm
Tropical Storm Elsa has begun itís move to the NW (finally). From its genesis in the Atlantic Ocean to itís closest point of approach less than 100 miles away (CINWS estimated forecast) it has moved in an almost perfectly straight line (in our direction), all the while moving very fast (at times exceeding 30 mph in forward speed).
Elsa has (at last) slowed itís relentless forward speed (itís progress is now just 15 mph) and is beginning to fractionally pull up and away from the Cayman Islands, but the heavy rain is just beginning to be felt in the Sister Islands (See arrival of rains in attached Recent CINWS Radar image at 9 pm)
Waves will follow (See wave advisory details in CINWS detailed forecast section).
It is not over yet, and for now the Watch remains in place for the Sister Islands. It should be noted (confirmed from recent visit of the HMCI Director) that Little Cayman and Cayman Brac seemed generally well prepared and ready for Elsa - but it is still fortunate that it did not come any closer - Elsa has certainly caused much trouble to date (including for Barbados and several other countries- Jamaica reported flooding and power outages in Kingston today).
The outer bands of TS Elsa are now beginning to be felt in the Sister Islands and persons should avoid the roads and exercise caution tonight.
Tomorrow it will begin its journey across the center of Cuba and we hope and wish that it does not cause too much trouble for them and that their people stay safe.