Elsa hammers East Coast with heavy rain and wind: Latest forecast

The severe weather has already disrupted flight schedules in New York City.

July 9, 2021, 5:28 PM

Elsa, now a post-tropical cyclone, battered the East Coast with heavy rainfall and gusty winds on Friday.

After making landfall in Florida and pummeling the southeastern United States, Elsa is moving north with the eye of the storm sweeping over the coastlines of Delaware, New Jersey and New York on Friday morning before reaching Massachusetts and Maine this afternoon, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.

As of 5 p.m. ET, Elsa was moving to the northeast at 35 mph with its center located 65 miles southeast of Portland, Maine. The deadly storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, with even higher gusts.

People walk along a closed road for floods as Tropical Storm Elsa passes through Hoboken, N.J., July 9, 2021.
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A woman makes her way on a flooded street as Tropical Storm Elsa passes through Hoboken, N.J., July 9, 2021.
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The National Weather Service said it doesn't anticipate a significant change in Elsa's strength through Friday. The storm has weakened from the first hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic season. Elsa is expected to move offshore from the northeastern U.S. coast by Friday evening before heading to Canada's Atlantic provinces by late Friday night and Saturday. The storm is then forecast to gradually weaken over the weekend.

Flash flood watches are still in effect for Maine on Friday evening after flooding in Philadelphia, New York City and Boston during the day.

Much of the Northeast is forecast to receive 2 to 4 inches of rain through Friday, with up to 6 inches possible in parts of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. That could trigger "considerable flash and urban flooding," the National Weather Service warned.

All tropical storm warnings are now canceled.

A person wades through the flood water near the 157th St. subway station in New York City, July 8, 2021.
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Heavy rain falls on a subway platform on 42nd street in New York City, July 8, 2021.
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Severe weather disrupted flight schedules Friday at LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. The city has also closed its mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics through Friday due to the forecast.

New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority said there were system-wide delays for buses due to Elsa and that the storm could impact service along some subway and rail lines. Also, empty tractor-trailers and tandem trucks were banned on the seven bridges and two tunnels that the MTA manages until at least noon on Friday due to the weather.

A dog stands in the middle of a flooded road in in Steinhatchee, Florida, on July 7, 2021, after Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall nearby.
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Missy Lattanzie searches through her belongings that were destroyed after a tornado touched down on the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Kings Bay, Ga., July 8, 2021.
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At least four deaths have been attributed to Elsa since it formed in the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month.

After the storm battered several eastern Caribbean islands as a Category 1 hurricane, one fatality was reported in St. Lucia and two more in the Dominican Republic, according to The Associated Press. One death was confirmed in Jacksonville, Florida, by local authorities.

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