Tropical Storm Warning & Tornado Watch Remains In Effect For Parts Of Southern


OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJZ) — The National Weather Service issued a Tropical Storm Warning for multiple counties along Maryland’s Eastern Shore as Tropical Storm Elsa moves up the Atlantic Coast.

The center of Elsa will be over the extreme Southern Chesapeake Bay within the next two hours. The coastline will be seeing heavy rain and strong winds overnight.

READ MORE: Ocean City, Eastern Shore Prepare For Tropical Storm Elsa, Officials Offer Tips To Residents

A tornado watch remains in effect for Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worchester Counties until 2:00 a.m. Friday.

A tropical storm warning is also in effect for the Eastern Shore.

St. Mary’s County declared a state of emergency Thursday morning ahead of the storm. The state of emergency is a week long and will end at noon on July 13. The emergency order authorizes the Commissioner President “to take such measures as necessary to maximize the preservation of life and property, including the authority to require the evacuation of areas,” the county said.

The NWS anticipates peak winds to hit the region beginning on Thursday night.

While rain is expected in Baltimore city, heavier rain and wind are expected on the coast to the south and east.

A flash flood watch was issued by the NWS and remains in effect for Baltimore City and Cecil, Baltimore, Prince Georges, Anne Arundel, Charles, St. Mary’s and Calvert counties until 8 a.m. Friday. Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset and Worcester counties are under a flash flood watch until 5 a.m. Friday.

The latest from the National Hurricane Center is that Elsa has strengthened a bit. Maximum sustained winds are up from 45 mph to 50 mph. The storm is traveling Northeast at 21 miles per hour.

Some uncertainty remains regarding how far north some of Elsa’s rain bands and tropical-storm-force winds will reach, but for now officials feel confident that areas south and east of Baltimore will catch the brunt of this storm. Portions of the lower Eastern Shore and far southern Maryland should prepare for tropical-storm-force winds, heavy rain and rough surf.

There is a chance for thunderstorms and showers beginning Thursday after 3 p.m. in Ocean City. The NWS said there is an 80% chance of heavy rain and wind in the area Thursday night into Friday, and on Friday there will also be a chance for Thunderstorms.

There is a slight chance for thunderstorms Friday night.

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