Live Updates: Tropical Storm Elsa makes landfall along Florida’s Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall in Taylor County on Florida’s Gulf Coast on Wednesday morning. The storm continues to hit the state with heavy wind and rain as it moves north across northern Florida.

The storm has been blamed for one death in the U.S. A Florida man was killed Wednesday when heavy rain and wind caused a tree to fall on two cars, officials said. At least three people were killed in the Caribbean before the storm hit Florida, according to The Associated Press.

Elsa is located about 115 miles west-southwest of Jacksonville, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, the National Hurricane Center said. The storm is expected to move over Georgia on Wednesday night then over the Carolinas on Thursday.

Elsa strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane for several hours on Tuesday night before weakening into a tropical storm.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for a swath of the Georgia coast up into South Carolina, where significant flooding is predicted. The hurricane center said a storm surge warning is in place for Florida’s west coast from the Suwannee River to the Aucilla River.

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Pedestrians pass through the streets in Key West on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Rob O’Neal/The Key West Citizen via AP