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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – As of 4:00 a.m. Wednesday, Elsa has weakened to a tropical storm with heavy rains and gust winds continuing to spread inland across southwest and west-central Florida.
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued as of 11:30 p.m. Tuesday is in effect for either all or portions of Georgetown, Berkeley, Colleton, and Charleston Counties.
Elsa is expected to make landfall on the north Florida gulf coast Wednesday morning before making a trek across the Lowcountry.
The center of Elsa will track generally along or east of I-95 as it moves across the region through the afternoon and evening Wednesday.
As of the Tuesday 11:00 p.m. update from the National Hurricane Center, the closest approach to the Lowcountry will be overnight Wednesday into early Thursday morning.
Impacts to our area will include a low-end risk of tornadoes and wind damage from severe thunderstorms. “Not a zero risk, but it’s not a huge risk either,” said Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Josh Marthers.
Flooding rain and dangerous rip currents will be the main threat. “Most areas will pick up 2-4 inches with some areas seeing higher totals depending on where some of the heavier rain bands set up,” said Marthers.
The worst of the weather will be between midnight and 8:00 a.m. in the form of heavy rain, gusty south-to-southeast winds at 30 to 40 mph along the coast and 20 to 25 mph inland – along with that risk of an isolated tornado.
As the storm pulls away from the Lowcountry, it will linger with some bands of rain into the afternoon and evening hours before things begin to calm down.
Now is a good time to download the Storm Team 2 weather app – you can view live, interactive radar from Storm Team 2. Be sure to turn on location settings and weather alerts to receive a notification if a warning is issued for your area.
You can also download the WCBD News app for updates from our team and watch our livestream as severe weather moves through the region.