According to the National Hurricane Center, at 2:00 PM. on July 6, Tropical Storm Elsa is nearing hurricane strength as it creeps slowly towards a portion of the Florida Gulf Coast.

The projected path of the storm predicts landfall on Florida's West Coast on Wednesday, July 7, followed by a trip heading north up the Atlantic Coast towards the Northeast.

For today, the National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for southern Connecticut until 10 PM, which may include damaging winds with gusts of 65 mph with the possibility of frequent lightning and large hail.

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Accuweather predicts that Tropical Storm Elsa will merge with a separate front as it approaches the Northeast starting late Thursday, July 8 into Friday, July 9, bringing strong thunderstorms.

National Hurricane Center

Accuweather has also issued a statement that reads, "Residents and businesses along the East Coast of the United States from Georgia to Maine should also monitor Elsa's progress and the weather forecast." 

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