Storm Elsa Update As Heavy Rain and Gusty Winds Continue North

Tropical Storm Elsa continues to cause issues along the East Coast as it makes its way north, with states in its path told to prepare for flash flooding on Friday and into the weekend.

In an 11:00 p.m. ET alert on Thursday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that "tropical storm conditions should continue along portions of the mid-Atlantic coast overnight.

"Tropical storm conditions are expected in portions of the southern New England states and New York by Friday. Gusty winds are expected over portions of Atlantic Canada Friday night and Saturday."

The early effects of an approaching Elsa, which has already claimed one life in Florida, hit New York City on Thursday with heavy rainfall and thunderstorms, causing subway stations to be flooded in several areas of the city.

Videos posted to social media showed people attempting to wade through a flooded station, while water poured down from the ceiling and cascaded down the stairs of others.

Here are the 11 PM EDT Key Messages for Tropical Storm #Elsa. pic.twitter.com/seAsIFTwWf

— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) July 9, 2021

The tropical storm is expected to move into New York City on Friday, after it has made its way through North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland, with the National Weather Service (NWS) in New York warning that "additional flooding is likely as heavy rain bands with Elsa move through."

Several tornado warnings were issued for South Carolina in the early hours of Thursday morning, as the NWS confirmed that a radar-confirmed tornado was located near the Mount Pleasant airport and Wando River moving north at 35 mph.

Although areas of the state suffered heavy flooding and thunderstorms on Thursday, Elsa made its way through South Carolina into North Carolina without causing any major damage.

Elsa made landfall in the U.S. on Wednesday afternoon, killing one person in Florida and injuring several others in nearby Georgia as a tornado struck a Navy base.

The death occurred in Jacksonville, Florida, after the storm's wind gusts measured at up to 50 mph caused a tree to fall and strike two cars in the afternoon.

"Weather is unpredictable," Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said at a press conference on Wednesday. "This is really early in the (hurricane) season. We're just outside of the July 4th holiday, we've had our first storm and, unfortunately, we've had a fatality."

Florida was spared from the major damage and widespread power outages that were expected from Elsa, but several police departments in the state posted pictures to Twitter of downed trees and heavy flooding.

The National Hurricane Center said that the storm still had sustained winds of around 45mph when it reached Georgia on Wednesday evening, but a majority of the injuries reported at the Georgia naval base from the tornado were minor.

Tropical Storm Elsa New York
Rain covers the Empire State Building in New York July 8, 2012. Tropical Storm Elsa moves up the Northeast with heavy rain causing flash flood warnings. Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images