Tropical Storm Elsa forecast: Tuesday morning update

The intensity forecast for Tropical Storm Elsa shows the storm’s winds could increase as it nears Florida, prompting a hurricane watch.

Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service issued the hurricane watch from Egmont Key to Steinhatchee River. This includes Pinellas County and the coastal areas of Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties.

As Elsa’s center approaches Key West, the storm is maintaining winds of 60 mph but is forecast to increase to 70 mph. The National Hurricane Center projects Elsa making landfall around the Big Bend area of Florida.

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