Elsa grows stronger and is again a hurricane

(CNN) — Elsa strengthened again and is a hurricane again, according to the 8 p.m. ET report from the National Hurricane Center. Elsa continues to move north at 22 km / hr, parallel to the west coast of Florida, and will make landfall Wednesday morning in the Big Bend region of northwestern Florida.

In the afternoon a hurricane watch had been issued for part of the west coast of Florida, including Tampa.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that there are 7 counties under a hurricane warning and 33 counties under a state of emergency.

Key West International Airport reported a 59-kilometer-per-hour wind gust in the morning.

Winds of almost 100 kilometers per hour in Key West, Florida. (Credit: WFOR, Anzhelika Tagirovna)

Hurricane watches and storm warnings remain in effect along part of the west coast of Florida. The NHC intensity, trajectory and time forecasts remain basically unchanged from previous advisories.

Tornado Warning for South Florida

A tornado watch is in effect for more than 12 million people in South Florida as of 11 PM ET tonight. This includes Tampa, Fort Myers, Miami, Surfside, St. Petersburg, and Sarasota. The advisory means that tornadoes are possible over a period of several hours.

Elsa is moving north, parallel to the west coast of Florida and is responsible for this tornado threat.

The Storm Prediction Center says environmental conditions “will become more favorable for a few tornadoes to develop within the outer bands from the Florida Keys north through the southwest and into the central Florida peninsula along this afternoon, probably continuing into the evening. “

The latest forecast from the Storm Prediction Center has a level 2 out of 5 risk of severe weather, with the main threat being isolated tornadoes. This level of risk covers most of the Florida peninsula and now includes Miami and Surfside. The greatest risk of tornado storms will be between now and tonight in South Florida, while the threat is greatest tonight in central Florida