Elsa Becomes Season’s First Hurricane, Florida In Path

AccuWeather reports:

Hurricane Elsa formed over the waters of the Atlantic Ocean early Friday just west of the Caribbean island of Barbados, one day after the system became the fifth-named storm of 2021.

AccuWeather forecasters, having expected the cyclone to reach hurricane force, continued monitoring Elsa and predict it will approach the United States next week after it unleashes heavy rain, strong winds and stirs up dangerous seas around the Caribbean islands through this weekend.

Elsa was racing west-northwestward at 28 mph on Friday morning, about 20 miles west-southwest of Barbados and had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

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