The fifth named storm of the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season formed over the Atlantic early Thursday. Tropical Storm Elsa has sustained winds of 40 mph and is continuing its track westward at a quick pace of 25 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, Martinique, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with isolated flash flooding and mudslides possible. Much of South Florida appears to be in the storm’s path, but the NHC advised it is too early to determine the potential impact of the storm. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) encourages people residing in states along the Atlantic coast to download the FEMA mobile app and learn about how to prepare for hurricanes by visiting Ready.gov and Listo.gov. The Atlantic hurricane season began on Tuesday, June 1, and ends on Tuesday, November 30.
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