Hurricane Elsa

As the fifth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Elsa formed on July 1st, 2021 around 900 miles east of the Windward Islands. After rapidly intensifying, Elsa became a hurricane peaking in intensity with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. Elsa tracked northwest across the Caribbean Sea, bringing significant wind damage to numerous islands including Barbados, Dominican Republic, and Haiti. Early on July 5th, Tropical Storm Elsa made its first landfall in southwestern Cuba.

After re-emerging over water in the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall in Taylor County, Florida on July 7th bringing tropical storm force winds and minor storm surge to the Florida coastline. Wind damage was relatively minor as Elsa’s strongest winds remained offshore

Over the next two days, Elsa maintained tropical storm strength as it moved northeast across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S. With Elsa came heavy rain that triggered flash floods in the New York City metro region and other parts of the Northeast.

A total of 14 deaths and an estimated 1.2 billion dollars of damage have been attributed to Hurricane Elsa.

The full report of Hurricane Elsa can be found via the National Hurricane Center.

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Contributions by: Dakota Smith

Satellite imagery of this event:

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Elsa Drifts North over Mid-Atlantic

Description:

The exposed low-level circulation of Tropical Storm Elsa drifting north over the Mid-Atlantic U.S.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GLM Group Energy Density Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI GLM

Elsa Makes Landfall, Pushes into Inland Florida

Description:

Tropical Storm Elsa makes landfall and pushes inland.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GLM Group Energy Density Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI GLM

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Tropical Storm Elsa Makes Landfall in Florida

Description:

A broad view of Tropical Storm Elsa landfalling in Taylor County, Florida.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor

Instrument: ABI

Elsa Skirts by Florida’s West Coast

Description:

Elsa’s exposed low-level circulation and offset convection skirt by Florida’s west coast.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Evolution of Elsa over the Gulf of Mexico

Description:

A sunrise to sunset view of Elsa over the Gulf of Mexico, paralleling the Florida coastline.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI

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Tropical Storm Elsa Crosses Cuba

Description:

Tropical Storm Elsa landfalls in Cuba and re-emerges over the open waters of the Florida Straits.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GeoColor GLM Group Energy Density

Instrument: ABI GLM

Elsa Strengthens into a Hurricane

Description:

Elsa rapidly intensifies into a hurricane near the Windward Islands.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones Hurricanes

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: GLM Group Energy Density Visible (band 2)

Instrument: ABI GLM

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Elsa Forms, Tracks Towards Caribbean

Description:

A thirty hour time lapse of Elsa forming and strengthening into a hurricane.


Phenomena: Tropical Cyclones

Satellite: GOES-16

Product: Infrared (band 11)

Instrument: ABI