After hitting the Southeast causing tornadoes and injuries and at least one death in Florida, Tropical Storm Elsa is heading north and predicted to affect all major cities in the coastal Northeast. Elsa is bringing heavy rain, gusty winds and a tornado threat to the region. It was predicted to be near Boston in the afternoon and move into the Atlantic off Canada late Friday evening. Heavy rainfall could lead to considerable flash and urban flooding. Flash flood watches are posted for more than 40 million people from New Jersey to Maine. Water streamed down the steps of 149th Street station in the Bronx, New York, Thursday evening. The MTA was pre-positioning crews and equipment in Long Island, where the storm was forecast to be most pronounced. Elsa’s first US target was Florida -, and it caused damage near the Georgia-Florida state line.
A local State of Emergency was effective at noon, Thursday, July 8, 2021, for seven days to expire July 13, 2021, for St. Mary’s County. Commissioner President Guy said, “St. Mary’s County is prepared to meet all weather-related challenges. Declaring a State of Emergency is an appropriate step of preparation we are taking to ensure the safety of our residents and the protection of property.” A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for the Boston area, as well as Middlesex, Worcester, Norfolk and Bristol counties until 4 p.m. Friday. There is a threat for tree and power line damage and numerous power outages.