Due to heavy rains causing traffic hazards, Tropical Storm Elsa flooded at least one subway station in New York City.
The fast-moving tropical storm Elsa struck the New York City area on Friday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. It set off a storm on the east coast, and a tropical storm warning from southern New Jersey to Boston came into effect.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said at 8 am that the maximum sustained wind speed reached around 85 km/h (50 mph) when the storm passed through New York City and Long Island [1200 GMT] Update.
The center reported that night-time wind speeds of up to 126 km/h (78 mph) in coastal New Jersey appeared to be “related to nearby tornadoes.”
NHC shows a track from the east coast of the United States into the Gulf of Maine, and gusts are expected in parts of Atlantic Canada on Friday night and Saturday. More than 40 million people are implementing flash flood warnings.
Heavy rains have created potential traffic hazards in New York City and nearby suburbs. Thursday’s floods flooded roads and at least one subway station, and these areas are already in trouble. Rainfall may reach up to 15 cm (6 inches) in some areas on Friday.
The Hurricane Center said that early Friday afternoon, there may be one or two tornadoes in Long Island and parts of southeastern New England.
On Wednesday, the system already caused one death in Florida. Elsa also caused a devastating tornado in Georgia.
The tropical storm warning on Friday morning stretched from New Jersey to Massachusetts along parts of the east coast. The forecaster said that Elsa was moving northeast at 50 km/h (31 mph).
The Hurricane Center said that by Friday, the total amount of rainfall in the eastern Mid-Atlantic states and New England will be between 5 and 10 centimeters (2 to 4 inches). The total length of the isolation can reach 15 cm (6 inches). There is a considerable risk of flash floods and urban floods.
The tropical storm is expected to pass through the northeast in the afternoon and through the Canadian Atlantic in the evening and Saturday. No significant changes in intensity during the day are expected, and Elsa is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone on Friday night.
On Wednesday, along the coast of Camden County, Georgia, a tornado hit campsites for active and veterans, and injured nine people. Chris Tucker, spokesman for the King’s Bay Naval Submarine Base, said eight of them must be taken to the hospital.
The National Weather Service stated in a preliminary report earlier Thursday after its employees investigated the damage that the EF-2 tornado overturned several RVs and threw one of the overturned vehicles into the lake about 61 meters. (200 feet).
Authorities in Jacksonville, Florida said a tree fell and hit two cars on Wednesday, killing one person. A spokesman for the Atlantic Office of the US Navy and Air Force said on Thursday that a sailor assigned to the Jacksonville 16th Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron was killed.
In South Carolina, a crew member of the Coast Guard Air Force Base Savannah rescued a family whose boat was trapped on Otter Island after leaving the beach on Wednesday. The Coast Guard press release stated that the group was taken to a hospital in good health.
The National Weather Service in Morehead, North Carolina, said on Twitter that a tornado was found near Fairfield on Thursday afternoon.
According to the website poweroutages.us, on Friday morning, there were sporadic power outages along the Elsa route. From Delaware to Massachusetts, about 24,000 homes and businesses were out of power.
Brian McNaughty, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami, said that Elsa was the first fifth storm on record.