Tropical Storm Elsa Advisory
July 7, 2021 – 3:00 pm
Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday morning, July 7th. The storm will continue to affect northern Florida with heavy wind and rain before moving north into Georgia and the Carolinas. The maximum sustained winds are currently at 50 mph.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Coastal South Carolina, including Charleston County. The effects of Tropical Storm Elsa are expected to be felt in the Charleston region beginning on Wednesday evening. Tropical storm force winds are expected to arrive in our area during the overnight hours, with gusts of up to 40-45 mph possible.
Tropical Storm Elsa has the potential to bring heavy rainfall on Wednesday evening through Thursday morning. Rainfall amounts are expected to range from 2 to 4 inches, with higher amounts in some areas. Wind gusts could result in minor damage to weak or diseased trees and other structures. Except for heavy rain at high tide, no significant coastal flooding impacts are anticipated. Beachgoers should be advised of the possibility of rip currents on Wednesday and Thursday.
Residents, property owners and visitors are advised to monitor local media outlets for updates on Tropical Storm Elsa. Forecasts are also updated regularly on the National Hurricane Center website at www.hurricanes.gov.
The Town of Seabrook Island remains at OPCON 3 (Normal Operating Conditions) as we continue to monitor Tropical Storm Elsa. Official updates from the town will be posted on the following channels, as warranted:
In the event of an emergency, please call 911. Emergency calls to 911 should be reserved for life-threatening situations, or for the reporting of a crime or fire. Do NOT call 911 if you have water in your home unless your life is in danger. Do NOT call 911 to report a power outage. Power outages should be reported directly to Berkeley Electric Cooperative.
Property owners and managers with rental guests should forward this information to their rental guests. Owners and managers of commercial establishments are also encouraged to share this information with their employees.