Weather Alert-Greater Antilles and Florida Keys


According to the National Hurricane Center update at 5 am Friday morning, Tropical Storm Elsa is currently projected to affect portions of the Windward and Leeward islands late Friday morning before moving over southern portions of Hispaniola. Outer rain bands from the storm expected to affect Puerto Rico late Friday into Saturday and southern Hispaniola and Jamaica Saturday into Sunday. Possible flooding and landslide risks in these areas.

There is a very probable storm surge, wind and rain risk to the Florida Keys by early next week, though this storm’s exact path is very uncertain due to its interaction with the Greater Antilles this weekend. An update will be provided.


Affected Travelers:

  • Mayaguez, Puerto Rico – Mable Miao, Miranda Almy

  • St. Thomas, Jamaica – Bri Thompson

  • Jacksonville, FL - Ana Ciro, Julian Goldner, Helena Walsh, Emma-Katherine Bowers, Grace Berry, Brandon Torng


Possible Effects:

  • Heavy rainfall could lead to flooding along streams, rivers and road ways

  • Storm surge along coasts

  • Damaging wind gusts

  • Downed trees, hindering rescue/recovery efforts

  • Delayed or rerouted traffic

  • Cancelled, delayed, or rerouted flights

  • Power outages in homes and places of work


Mitigating Measures to Apply:

  • Monitor local news and weather media for updates

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Avoid traveling through flooded areas

  • Keep extra bottled water in lodging

  • Keep electronics charged

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