Alarm bell on the east coast of the United States due to the progress of Tropical Storm Elsa: They issued an alert for possible flooding.
The National Meteorological Service warned that as the climate phenomenon "shifts, heavy rains could cause considerable flash and urban flooding."
Tropical Storm Elsa, which became a "post-tropical cyclone" on Friday, continues to dump heavy rains in the northeastern United States, now passing through New England, as well as hitting southeastern Massachusetts with strong winds, meteorologists reported.
In that sense, the US National Meteorological Service (NWS, for its acronym in English) issued an alert for possible floods and warned that "as Elsa moves today near the south and the coast of New England, heavy rains they could cause considerable flash and urban flooding."
The entity's Twitter account also warned that "continued heavy rains across southern and coastal Texas will bring the potential for considerable flash floods, urban and small streams."
Elsa has maximum sustained winds of 50 85 km / h and is located 30 km west of Plymouth, in Massachusetts, indicated the National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States in its bulletin at 2:00 p.m. local time (18:00 GMT). The system is moving at a speed of 3150 km per hour in the Northeast, and this rapid rate of translation is expected in the next two days.
The projections of the NHC indicate that the center of Elsa will move this afternoon near the southern coast of Massachusetts and the northeast of the US coast to reach the Canadian Atlantic between today and Saturday night.
Elsa is forecast to gradually weaken this weekend.
Several highways and subway stations in New York were flooded Thursday night, causing heavy rains before Elissa's arrival.
Pictures of people with water around their waists at a Manhattan subway station circulate on social media, as well as a large amount of water falling directly onto a platform.
As the Jacksonville Fire Department in Northeast Florida reported on Thursday, a tree uprooted by storm winds fell over his car when a man fell on the road.
Forecasters expect 5 to 10 centimeters of rain to fall throughout this Friday, with isolated totals of about 15 centimeters on the northeast coast of the United States.
According to the update this Thursday from the Colorado State University (CSU), the hurricane season in the Atlantic could increase with 20 named tropical storms and nine hurricanes, of which four would be of higher category, due to the absence of the phenomenon of the Child in the Pacific.
The Department of Atmospheric Science at CSU anticipated in April last the formation of 17 tropical storms and eight hurricanes, four of them major category (3.4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale).
The fifth tropical storm in the Atlantic in 2021, Elsa also became the first hurricane in the Atlantic Basin this year when it passed through the Eastern Caribbean by the time it reached Cuba on Monday.
After weakening, it regained the category of the hurricane on its way to the Florida coast of the Gulf of Mexico, over which it advanced almost in parallel since Tuesday and caused rains, winds, and storm surge.