Much of the East Coast is getting battered by Tropical Storm Elsa as it rides up along the Eastern Seaboard. If there’s one thing these storms are known for it’s rain, and a lot of it. Several inches of rain are expected to fall along the coastline with some areas in downstate New York seeing the potential of up to 6 inches of rain.
With this torrential rainfall comes the risk for flash flooding and areas extending from Orange County all the way down to New York City can see a moderate risk (20-50% chance) for flash flooding. Central New York has a marginal (5-10%) and slight (10-20%) risk of flash flooding. High winds are also to be expected with maximum sustained winds of over 39 mph possible.
Tropical Storms such as Elsa are also capable of producing tornadoes and the National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for areas in downstate New York regarding the potential for a few tornadoes as Elsa moves in. Dangerous rip currents are also possible along the ocean beaches of Long Island.
In terms of timing, Elsa’s track is expected to cross paths with downstate New York throughout the overnight hours of Thursday, July 8th, 2021 into the early morning hours of Friday, July 9th, 2021. It will continue to affect the area until Friday evening where it’s forecasted to exit off to the North East. For more information and updates on Tropical Storm Elsa you can click here.