Hurricane Elsa became the first official hurricane during the 2021 season on Friday morning after gaining significant strength across the Atlantic.
While the National Hurricane Center does not anticipate that the storm will intensify further over the next 48 hours, residents of the Keys and South Florida have planned for a potential landing sometime around the early morning of Tuesday, July 5th.
The fifth named storm of the season is expected to continue a general west-northwest orbit across the Caribbean. Hurricane warnings currently apply to Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia.
Elsa set a record by becoming the earliest E-named storm in the Atlantic and surpassed the previous record holder, Tropical Storm Edouard, which was formed on July 6, 2020.
Last year's hurricane season yielded a record 30 named storms. With this year's estimated season above average and given five named storms before July 4, 2021
Elsa's tracks are likely to be affected by the jet stream near North America and a high pressure area across the western Atlantic. AccuWeather predicts that the storm could potentially intensify if it slides south of the Caribbean islands and into the Gulf of Mexico.
Although policyholders in the Keys and South Florida do not face any threats or warnings, there is potential for development over the weekend.
As a precautionary measure, Merlin Law Group would like to remind policyholders of our Hurricane Checklist, which contains useful items for policyholders to consider with hurricane damage reports.
We hope you stay safe if Elsa comes here. As always, Merlin Law Group is here to help with any hurricane damage.