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Bulloch EMA Keeping an Eye on Tropical Storm Elsa Potential Impact

Ted Wynn, Bulloch Public Safety and EMA Director and his team are monitoring Tropical Storm Elsa and possible mid week impacts to Statesboro and Bulloch County.

According to the NWS Charleston, SC 5 PM advisory, Elsa will interact with Cuba and Florida before potentially impacting our area. The amount of land interaction that occurs will determine Elsa’s strength when she reaches us on Wednesday.

The NWS is predicting that Elsa will be downgraded to a tropical depression. These means Bulloch could see maximum sustained surface winds (one-minute average) of 38 mph (33 knots) or less on Wednesday.

“By Wednesday morning, Elsa is forecast to move through northern Florida and through eastern and southern portions of Georgia throughout the day on Wednesday. How strong Elsa will be when it does so, and the exact eventual track, is still highly uncertain, said Ted Wynn.

“At this time and along this forecast track, potential impacts to Georgia could include 2-4 inches of rainfall, tropical storm force winds of 40 mph or greater, and maybe a brief tornado or two. Again, there is still a high amount of uncertainty about the exact values and locations of these impacts, but the timing for them to occur in Georgia looks to be Wednesday.”

In addition to Bulloch County EMA and the National Weather Service, Grice Connect is monitoring other agencies like Chatham EMA and will be reporting on helpful information from these agencies also.

Bulloch County VOAD

Bulloch County VOAD partners are on alert also for the storm. Bulloch VOAD through their partner agencies helps Bulloch EMA manage the humanitarian side of a disaster. From mass feeding, emergency sheltering to assistance with debris removal local non-profits, civic clubs, churches and businesses are preparing now to assist if needed.

You can review Hurricane and Tropical Storm preparation information by clicking here.

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