Scattered storms across central Indiana for the next two days; Elsa strengthens near the Florida coast


11 p.m. Update: Elsa has regained hurricane strength.

So far, July is off to a mild, wet start. Temperatures have run 5 degrees below average, and we’ve already had almost 3 inches of rain. For the next two days scattered thunderstorms will bring up to an inch of rain to the state. The warm weather will continue with highs near 90 Wednesday and in the 80s through the weekend. We’ll have a dry Friday with a daily chance for scattered thunderstorms each day Saturday through Tuesday.

At 11 p.m. Tuesday, the center of Hurricane Elsa was located 65 southwest of Tampa. Elsa was moving toward the north at 14 mph with maximum sustained winds at 75 mph. Hurricane force winds extend 25 miles outward from the center of the storm and tropical storm force winds extend 80 miles outward from the center of the storm.

The storm is expected to move near or over portions of Florida’s west coast on Tuesday evening into Wednesday. Elsa is then expected to make landfall with 60-70 mph wind gusts and a 6-9 foot storm surge along the north Florida Gulf Coast on Wednesday. Elsa will dump 5-8 inches of rain and bring a threat for tornadoes across the southeastern U.S. The storm will then begin to weaken Wednesday afternoon and will move across the southeastern United States through Thursday.

The 30-day outlook for July calls for above average precipitation.

So far this has been a wet month.

The 30-day outlook for July calls for above average temperatures.

So far this has been a mild month.

Scattered storms are likely for the next two days.

Rain from Elsa is soaking southwestern Florida.

Elsa has again reached hurricane strength..

Elsa will make landfall in Florida early Wednesday.

Elsa will wreak havoc over the southeastern U.S.

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