Tropical Storm Elsa floods at least one New York City subway station as heavy rains create traffic hazards.
Rapidly moving Tropical Storm Elsa hit the New York region with torrential rains and strong winds as it reached the east coast Friday with a tropical storm alert in effect from southern New Jersey to Boston.
The maximum wind sustained by the storm peaked near 85 km / h (50 mph) as it moved through New York City and Long Island, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in 8 hours [1200 GMT] update.
Wind speeds had dropped from overnight readings to 126 km / h (78 mph) off the coast of New Jersey which appeared to be “associated with nearby tornadoes,” the center reported.
The NHC showed a runway leading the east coast of the United States toward the Gulf of Maine with gusty winds forecast over portions of Atlantic Canada on Friday evening and Saturday. Flash flood watches are in fact for more than 40 million people.
Heavy rains have caused potential traffic hazards in New York City and nearby neighborhoods, which were already raging from a flood Thursday that flooded roads and at least one subway station. Up to 15 inches (6 inches) of rain was possible in some areas Friday.
The hurricane center said a tornado or two was possible until early Friday Friday over parts of Long Island and southeastern New England.
The system was already accused of a death in Florida Wednesday. And Elsa also caused a damaging comeback in Georgia.
A tropical storm warning Friday morning stretched along parts of the East Coast from New Jersey to Massachusetts. Forecasters said Elsa was moving northeast at 50 km / h (31 mph).
The hurricane center said precipitation ranging from 5 to 10 centimeters (2 to 4 inches) was forecast for Friday for the eastern mid-Atlantic states and in New England Isolated totals up to 15 centimeters (6 inches) were possible. . There was a risk of considerable lightning and urban flooding.
The tropical storm was forecast to cross the Northeast by noon and pass over Atlantic Canada overnight and Saturday. No significant change in strength was expected during the day, and Elsa is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone by Friday evening.
On Wednesday, nine people were injured off the coast of Camden County, Georgia, when a tornado hit a camp for active duty members and military retirees. Eight of those injured were to be taken to hospital, said Chris Tucker, a spokesman for Kings Bay Submarine Base.
The EF-2 tornado ran over several RVs, which launched one of the overturned vehicles about 61 meters (200 feet) into a lake, the National Meteorological Service said in a preliminary report Thursday after its employees were killed. studied the damage.
Authorities in Jacksonville, Florida, said one person was killed Wednesday when a tree fell and hit two cars. A spokesman for the Atlantic Office of the Naval Air Force said Thursday that a sailor assigned to the 16th Patrol and Reconnaissance Squadron in Jacksonville has been killed.
In South Carolina, a Coast Guard crew from Savannah Air Station rescued a family who were stranded Wednesday on Otter Island after their boat drifted off the beach. The group was taken to a healthy hospital, a Coast Guard press release said.
The National Weather Service in Morehead City, North Carolina, tweeted that a tornado was spotted near Fairfield on Thursday afternoon.
According to the website poweroutages.us, Friday morning electrical outages were reported scattered along the Elsa route with about 24,000 homes and businesses without electricity from Delaware to Massachusetts.
Elsa is the first storm named fifth, said Brian McNoldy, hurricane researcher at the University of Miami.