Tropical Storm Elsa formed Thursday morning in the Atlantic and on its current track over the next few days could be coming uncomfortably close to the Cayman Islands.
At 5:00 AM Atlantic Standard Time(AST) on Thursday July 1st, Elsa was positioned at 9.4°N 48.8°W, moving westerly at 25 mph with maximum winds of 40 miles an hour. The minimum barometric pressure was 1006 millibars(mb).
The US National Hurricane Centre says in an updated bulletin that there’s a risk of wind and rainfall impacting portions of the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), the Turks and Caicos Islands and Cuba in the coming days.
While the NHC does not specifically mention Cayman, the storm’s projected cone track puts it in the vicinity of the Cayman Islands by late Sunday into Monday morning.
Elsa is being closely monitored by the Cayman Islands National Weather Service(CINWS).
As the storm which is over 900 miles east of the Eastern Caribbean island chain moves closer to land, it is expected to bring heavy rainfall to the southern Leeward Islands, Windward Islands and Barbados by Friday as it crosses from the Atlantic Ocean into the Caribbean Sea.
Elsa has become the fifth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season and the earliest named E storm on record, taking the place of Ernesto, which formed on July 6th in last year’s record-breaking season.