At 200 PM EDT (1800 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Elsa was
located near latitude 30.3 North, longitude 83.5 West. Elsa is
moving toward the north near 14 mph (22 km/h). A turn toward
the north-northeast is expected this evening, followed by a faster
northeastward motion by late Thursday. On the forecast track, Elsa will move over Georgia tonight, over South Carolina early on
Thursday, over North Carolina later on Thursday, and move near or
over the mid-Atlantic coast on Friday.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 50 mph (85 km/h)
with higher gusts. Continued weakening is expected through
tomorrow as Elsa moves over land.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 70 miles (110 km)
from the center.
Columbia area to potentially see more impacts from Elsa