Tropical Storm Watch in effect for Long Island, Elsa headed our way

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HOLBROOK, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The National Weather Service has issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Long Island as Elsa moves up along the East Coast. The storm is expected to cross over Long Island on Friday morning.

After impacting Georgia overnight night, Tropical Storm Elsa will go through the Carolinas on Thursday. The storm will then pass near the eastern Mid Atlantic states late Thursday, and move near or over Long Island and southeast New England on Friday.

As of late Wednesday night, the National Weather Service increased the wind speed Long Island could experience on Friday. Peak winds are now forecast to be 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph, up from the forecast several hours earlier, which had winds ranging between 10-20 mph and gusts up to 30 mph.

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The main threats from Elsa are 1 to 3 inches of heavy rain capable of producing flash flooding, stronger winds along the south shore of Long Island and across southeast Connecticut, and associated marine and coastal hazards, including very rough seas and dangerous rip currents.

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