Hurricane Elsa has weakened, once again, to Tropical Storm Elsa. The 2 a.m. update from the National Hurricane Center downgraded the storm from a category one hurricane to a tropical storm, although rains persisted in South Pinellas.
Elsa’s winds slowed to 70 mph, although her forward movement increased to 14 mph. Elsa’s pressure also increased to 1004 millibars.
A storm surge warning remains in effect for the Tampa Bay area. The combination of Elsa and a 1:57 a.m. high tide in Boca Ciega Bay could result in flooding.
Unless storm conditions worsen, this will be the Gabber’s final report for TS Elsa.