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Hurricane Elsa Becomes 1st Atlantic Hurricane of 2021

Assist Alert: Hurricane Elsa
Becomes 1st Atlantic Hurricane of 2021

July 2, 2021


Hurricane Elsa becomes the first hurricane of 2021 as it forms just west of the Caribbean island of Barbados. Forecasters predict it will approach the United States sometime next week as it continues growing and moves over the Caribbean this weekend. On Friday morning, the hurricane was traveling west-northwestward at 28 mph with maximum sustained winds of 75 mph.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has put a hurricane warning into effect for the Winward Islands including Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A hurricane watch is in effect for southern Haiti, from Port Au Prince to the southern border with the Dominican Republic.

Impacts of Elsa are currently projected to be low for flooding rainfall, coastal flooding, damaging wind gusts, and a dangerous surf. The AccuWeather RealImpact Scale projects Elsa as a 1 in the Caribbean out of the 6-point scale. This rating could potentially increase.

Elsa’s precise path is uncertain, but it could travel into the eastern Gulf of Mexico or north over the Florida Peninsula after bringing heavy rainfall and a storm surge to Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Hispaniola, Jamaica, and Cuba. Residents in the southeastern U.S. and north along the Atlantic coast should stay alert as Elsa continues to strengthen.


  • If you are currently in the Caribbean Islands, southeastern U.S. or along the Atlantic coast, pay close attention to local media sources for weather-related updates, review contingency plans, and heed any directives issued by local authorities, including evacuations. 

  • If you have scheduled travel to the Caribbean southeastern U.S. or the Atlantic coast, check any weather updates before leaving on your trip. 

  • Prepare a disaster survival kit. Keep the following supplies near you and put them in a water-tight container: flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, common medicines (ibuprofen, aspirin, antihistamines), eyeglasses, drinking water, non-perishable foods, change of clothes, cash and credit cards, and copies of all important documents.
  • If you have an emergency while traveling, call Assist America via the Mobile App or telephone number on your membership ID card.


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