6pm Update (7/7/21) — Tropical Storm Elsa | Beaufort County Now | The 6pm update from the National Weather Service continues to shift the track of Elsa west.

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6pm Update (7/7/21) — Tropical Storm Elsa

Press Release:

    The 6pm update from the National Weather Service continues to shift the track of Elsa west. A reduction in the amount of forecasted rainfall for Beaufort County was the primary change associated with this latest update. Please see the highlighted changes below for details.


    Rain will begin to move into the area between 8–10am tomorrow morning, and continue through sunrise Friday. The heaviest rains are expected to occur between 10am–8 pm, with most of Beaufort County receiving 1/2–1 inch of rain. Heavy downpours capable of causing localized flash flooding are possible anytime Thursday.


    A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Beaufort County, meaning Tropical Storm Force winds (39–73 mph) are possible within the next 48 hrs. South winds will begin to increase after sunrise on Thursday, becoming sustained between 15 and 20 mph by mid-afternoon. (2–4pm). These elevated sustained winds will transition to the southwest and are forecasted to last 4–6 hours before diminishing between 7–9pm for most areas of our county. Wind gusts up to 30 mph are possible during this same time period. Areas along our county's shorelines and inland areas west of Hwy 17 have the greatest chance of experiencing higher sustained winds and more frequent / intense wind gusts.

    Severe Thunderstorms / Tornados

    Severe thunderstorms and / or isolated tornados are possible throughout the day on Thursday. However, the potential for these impacts appear to be highest between 11am and 6pm.

    Storm Surge

    Elsa is NOT expected to cause any significant storm surge to Beaufort County. However, minor inundation is possible for low lying areas susceptible to southern winds and / or flash flooding.

    Please see the email below and attached briefing from the National Weather Service for more information. Their next update is scheduled for 6pm today. We will continue to pass along forecast information as we receive it.

  • Chris Newkirk
  • Deputy Director
  • Beaufort County Emergency Services
  • 1420 Highland Dr
  • Washington, N.C. 27889
  • Office: (252) 940-6511
  • Cell: (252) 378-5352
  • Chris.Newkirk@co.beaufort.nc.us

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