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Elsa remains on path to Florida but expected to weaken before hitting U.S.

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National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Elsa continues to move in a west-northwestern direction towards Florida, though it is expected to weaken as it moves over Cuba, before hitting the U.S. early next week.

As of 8 a.m. Saturday, the eye of the storm was 110 miles east-southeast of the Dominican Republic’s Isla Beata, moving at 31 miles per hour and continues to maintain wind speeds of 75 miles per hour.

The storm is expected to decrease it’s speed throughout the weekend and change it’s direction to the northwest overnight Sunday into Monday. Meteorologists expect the hurricane to weaken into a tropical storm status early next week before hitting Florida’s southern peninsula.

Hurricane Elsa cone of uncertainty as of 5 a.m. Saturday, July 3, 2021.

(National Hurricane Center)

Though the state of Mississippi seems to be safe from being directly impacted, according to recent models, it is worth noting that outer rain bands may still bring dangerous conditions in the area, such as increased rainfall and potential flooding conditions in some areas.

We will continue to monitor and update.

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