A Tropical Storm Elsa strengthened on 3rd July 2021 and its center approached south-central Cuba.
- The Caribbean Island government issued hurricane warnings in provinces of Cienfuegos and Matanzas.
- As per US National Hurricane Center forecast, Tropical Storm Elsa would strengthen more before moving over Cuba.
- As per data of NHC, maximum sustained winds were near 100 kilometer per hour with higher gusts.
The active tropical cyclone which is affecting and threatening portions of Caribbean and South-eastern USA. It is the 5th named storm and first hurricane of Atlantic hurricane season 2021. On 29th June, Elsa was first monitored by National Hurricane Center as a tropical wave. It was then designated as Potential Tropical Cyclone. As the storm showed better-defined low-level circulation, cyclone was upgraded to tropical depression and later, to Tropical Storm Elsa. Storm Elsa was upgraded to Category 1 hurricane. It is the strongest July hurricane in eastern Caribbean Sea after Hurricane Emily in the year 2005. It is also the fastest-moving Atlantic tropical cyclone.
National Hurricane Center
The division of US’ National Weather Service which is responsible to track and predict tropical weather systems between Prime Meridian & 140th meridian to 30th parallel north in northeast Pacific Ocean & 31st parallel north in northern Atlantic Ocean. It is located with Miami branch of National Weather Service and is established on campus of Florida International University in University Park, Florida.
A rapidly rotating storm system is characterized by low-pressure center, strong winds, closed low-level atmospheric circulation and spiral arrangement of thunderstorms producing heavy rain. Based on location and strength, tropical cyclone is referred by different names like hurricane typhoon, tropical storm, tropical depression, cyclonic storm or cyclone. Hurricane is a tropical cyclone occurring in Atlantic Ocean and north-eastern Pacific Ocean. Typhoon occurs in north-western Pacific Ocean.