(NEW YORK) – Tropical Storm Elsa is now charging the east coast after making landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday, causing at least one death and miles of destruction, officials say.
Elsa made landfall around 11 a.m. Wednesday in Taylor County, Florida’s Big Bend area.
Elsa, which hit Florida and Georgia with gusty winds and heavy rain, strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane on Tuesday night before reverting to a tropical storm before making landfall.
The storm caused two tornadoes on Wednesday night and tornado watches were issued from Jacksonville, Fla. To Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday night.
One person was killed after a tornado was reported in Jacksonville, according to Mayor Lenny Curry. A tree fell on the victim as the storm swept through the city, Curry said.
Curry said no other major injuries were reported Wednesday night, but several homes and businesses were damaged and more than 11,000 households were without power.
âJust be prepared,â he told the audience.
A second tornado is said to have caused serious damage to the Kings Bay naval submarine base in Georgia. Photos and videos showed overturned motorhomes and uprooted trees.
A spokesperson for the base told ABC News that around 10 people were injured. None of the injuries would be fatal, but they were serious enough to be transported off the base, the spokesperson said.
Slow bands of heavy rain along the Georgian coast triggered dangerous flash floods. Central Glynn County reported between 3 and 6 inches of rain Wednesday evening.
A boat capsized near Key West during Elsa’s passage on Tuesday, according to the coast guard. Nine people are still missing.
Elsa is now moving up the east coast, which is expected to bring heavy rains and flash flooding from Georgia to Maine through Friday.
The final path shows Elsa moving over Georgia on Wednesday night, South Carolina on Thursday morning, and North Carolina on Thursday night.
Elsa is expected to weaken to a tropical low by Thursday morning as it will bring rain and wind to Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington.
Thursday night Elsa will blow over Virginia, Maryland and Delaware with heavy rain, gusty winds and flooding. Elsa will hit New Jersey overnight Thursday through Friday.
On Friday morning, Elsa will use the Interstate 95 corridor with heavy rain and gusts of wind from New York to Boston.
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