#Elsa continues march towards Canada; rain/wind report for GA/SC

Tropical storm Elsa continues to be a tropical storm as it continues to bring rain and gusty winds to the Yanks in New England and transition to becoming extratropical. Here’s the latest impact swath using the TAOS/TC model “plain language” impact scale:

Elsa heads north to see if reindeer are really better than people. Click to embiggen.

The official word from Environment Canada is at this link. The short version is that major impacts are not expected – some gusty winds potentially up to 60/70kph tonight and tomorrow. The biggest problem may be more rain on top of what has already fallen from another system, up to 100mm of additional rain. Waves up to 4 meters offshore and rough surf along the exposed coastal areas.

Yesterday’s damage surveys across the south revealed typical minimal tropical storm kinds of impacts. Some details for the coastal GA/SC area are below. As a reminder, Elsa caused more significant impacts across the Caribbean, albeit nothing catastrophic compared to storms of recent years. While perhaps not directly related, the political turmoil in Haiti is in part a result of the interaction of natural disasters such as the horrific 2010 earthquake and human failures of governance both local and from the international community and NGO’s. It’s a complex situation with a lot of history. For a depressing but informative read on Haiti’s post-earthquake recovery “Charlie Foxtrot“, I highly recommend “The Big Truck that Went By” by Jonathan Katz.

For those in the Savannah/SC Low Country, the local Weather Service Office in Charleston has compiled a list of rain totals and wind reports for the storm if you’re curious. Below is the preliminary local storm report summary.

NWUS52 KCHS 081343
LSRCHS

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
943 AM EDT THU JUL 08 2021

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

1015 PM     TROPICAL STORM   1 W WILMINGTON ISLAND   32.01N  81.00W
07/07/2021                   CHATHAM            GA   PUBLIC          

            WIND GUST OF 43 KNOTS. 

1027 PM     TROPICAL STORM   SAVANNAH AIRPORT        32.13N  81.20W
07/07/2021                   CHATHAM            GA   ASOS            

            WIND GUSTED TO 38 KNOTS. 

1032 PM     TROPICAL STORM   1 SSW TYBEE ISLAND      31.99N  80.85W
07/07/2021                   CHATHAM            GA   MESONET         

            THE WEATHERFLOW SITE ON THE SOUTH END OF TYBEE ISLAND 
            MEASURED A 36 KNOTS. 

1034 PM     TROPICAL STORM   1 N TYBEE ISLAND        32.02N  80.84W
07/07/2021                   CHATHAM            GA   MESONET         

            WIND GUSTED TO 34 KNOTS. 

1040 PM     TROPICAL STORM   4 WNW SPRINGFIELD       32.40N  81.43W
07/07/2021                   EFFINGHAM          GA   EMERGENCY MNGR  

            MULTIPLE TREES DOWN, HIGHWAY 17 AND PORTER ROAD. TIME 
            ESTIMATED. 

1044 PM     TROPICAL STORM   2 WNW STILLWELL         32.39N  81.29W
07/07/2021                   EFFINGHAM          GA   EMERGENCY MNGR  

            AN EMERGENCY MANAGER REPORTED SIDING DAMAGE TO A HOUSE, 
            ALONG WITH SEPARATE SHED DAMAGE ON THE 200 BLOCK OF WOOD 
            DUCK WAY. TIME WAS ESTIMATED VIA RADAR DATA. 

1047 PM     TROPICAL STORM   1 SSW TYBEE ISLAND      31.99N  80.85W
07/07/2021                   CHATHAM            GA   MESONET         

            WIND GUST TO 45 KNOTS. 

1048 PM     TROPICAL STORM   6 WSW FOREST BEACH      32.11N  80.84W
07/07/2021                   AMZ352             SC   MESONET         

            WIND GUST TO 34 KNOTS. 

1049 PM     TSTM WND DMG     2 WNW STILLWELL         32.39N  81.29W
07/07/2021                   EFFINGHAM          GA   EMERGENCY MNGR  

            *** 1 INJ *** SIDING RIPPED FROM A HOUSE AND SHED 
            DAMAGE IN EAGLETON PLANTATION. TREE DAMAGE ALONG ROUTE 
            119. A VEHICLE RAN INTO A DOWNED TREE ON ROUTE 119 WHERE 
            THE DRIVER SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES. TIME ESTIMATED FROM 
            RADAR. POSSIBLE TORNADO. 

1050 PM     TROPICAL STORM   22 ESE RACCCON BLUFF    31.40N  80.87W
07/07/2021                   AMZ354             GA   BUOY            

            WIND GUST TO 40 KNOTS. 

1100 PM     HEAVY RAIN       GLENNVILLE              31.94N  81.93W
07/07/2021  M3.50 INCH       TATTNALL           GA   AMATEUR RADIO   

            STORM TOTAL OF 3.5 INCHES OF RAIN. 

1102 PM     TROPICAL STORM   1 SSW TYBEE ISLAND      31.99N  80.85W
07/07/2021                   CHATHAM            GA   MESONET         

            WIND GUST TO 65 KNOTS. 

1102 PM     TROPICAL STORM   1 WSW RIVERSIDE         32.04N  81.02W
07/07/2021                   CHATHAM            GA   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            MEDIA RELAYED REPORT OF LARGE TREE DOWN ON JOHNNY 
            MERCER BOULEVARD NEAR LONG POINT NEIGHBORHOOD. 

1108 PM     TROPICAL STORM   1 N TYBEE ISLAND        32.02N  80.84W
07/07/2021                   CHATHAM            GA   MESONET         

            WIND GUST TO 45 KNOTS. 

1113 PM     TROPICAL STORM   6 WSW FOREST BEACH      32.11N  80.84W
07/07/2021                   AMZ352             SC   MESONET         

            WIND GUST TO 70 KNOTS. 

1151 PM     TSTM WND DMG     PORT ROYAL              32.38N  80.69W
07/07/2021                   BEAUFORT           SC   EMERGENCY MNGR  

            MULTIPLE TREES DOWN, TREES ON HOUSES, POWER LINES DOWN, 
            AND POWER OUTAGES. DAMAGE EXTENDED ACROSS THE RIVER INTO 
            BURTON. POSSIBLE TORNADO. 

1155 PM     TROPICAL STORM   HILTON HEAD AIRPORT     32.23N  80.69W
07/07/2021                   BEAUFORT           SC   AWOS            

            WIND GUST TO 38 KNOTS. 

1215 AM     TROPICAL STORM   2 SW FRIPP ISLAND       32.31N  80.49W
07/08/2021                   BEAUFORT           SC   MESONET         

            MEASURED WIND GUST OF 46 KNOTS OR 53 MPH. 

1216 AM     TROPICAL STORM   MARINE CORPS AIR STATIO 32.49N  80.70W
07/08/2021                   BEAUFORT           SC   ASOS            

            WIND GUST TO 35 KNOTS. 

1220 AM     TROPICAL STORM   6 E PARRIS ISLAND       32.34N  80.59W
07/08/2021                   BEAUFORT           SC   MESONET         

            WIND GUST TO 35 KNOTS. 

1245 AM     HEAVY RAIN       8 NNE FORT STEWART      31.97N  81.46W
07/08/2021  M3.75 INCH       BRYAN              GA   OTHER FEDERAL   

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE USGS GAUGE LOCATED ON THE 
            CANOOCHEE RIVER AT FORT STEWART. 

1250 AM     TROPICAL STORM   1 E RAVENEL             32.77N  80.23W
07/08/2021                   CHARLESTON         SC   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            TV MEDIA REPORTED TREE DOWN ON A FENCE AND HOUSE ON 
            MARTIN ST IN RAVENEL. 

1250 AM     TROPICAL STORM   6 W FOREST BEACH        32.14N  80.84W
07/08/2021                   BEAUFORT           SC   SOCIAL MEDIA    

            NUMEROUS TREES DOWN AT HAIG POINT ON DAUFUSKIE ISLAND. 

1253 AM     TROPICAL STORM   5 ESE FRIPP ISLAND      32.28N  80.41W
07/08/2021                   AMZ352             SC   BUOY            

            WIND GUST TO 40 KNOTS. 

1255 AM     TROPICAL STORM   3 NW ADAMS RUN          32.75N  80.38W
07/08/2021                   CHARLESTON         SC   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            VIEWER REPORTED A TREE DOWN ON MITCHELL ROAD. 

0100 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 2 MELDRIM             32.08N  81.38W
07/08/2021  M3.05 INCH       CHATHAM            GA   OTHER FEDERAL   

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE USGS GAUGE LOCATED ON THE 
            OGEECHEE RIVER NEAR ELLABELL. 

0102 AM     TSTM WND DMG     2 NW EDISTO ISLAND      32.58N  80.30W
07/08/2021                   CHARLESTON         SC   STORM CHASER    

            LARGE TREES DOWN BLOCKING HIGHWAY 174 AT STEAMBOAT 
            LANDING ROAD. LIKELY A TORNADO DUE TO RADAR DEBRIS 
            SIGNATURE. TIME ESTIMATED BY RADAR. 

0104 AM     HEAVY RAIN       2 SSW MIDWAY            31.78N  81.44W
07/08/2021  M3.24 INCH       LIBERTY            GA   MESONET         

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE RAWS SITE NEAR MIDWAY. 

0130 AM     HEAVY RAIN       1 ESE BLICHTON          32.19N  81.42W
07/08/2021  M3.39 INCH       EFFINGHAM          GA   OTHER FEDERAL   

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE USGS GAUGE LOCATED ON THE 
            OGEECHEE RIVER NEAR EDEN. 

0203 AM     TROPICAL STORM   CHARLESTON AIRPORT      32.90N  80.04W
07/08/2021                   CHARLESTON         SC   ASOS            

            WIND GUST TO 41 KNOTS. 

0211 AM     TROPICAL STORM   4 ESE CHARLESTON        32.75N  79.87W
07/08/2021                   AMZ330             SC   MESONET         

            WIND GUST TO 34 KNOTS. 

0213 AM     TROPICAL STORM   3 SSE WEST ASHLEY       32.76N  80.00W
07/08/2021                   CHARLESTON         SC   BROADCAST MEDIA 

            MEDIA REPORTED LARGE TREE BRANCHES DOWN AND BLOCKING 
            WAPPOO DR AT HINSON AVE ON JAMES ISLAND. TIME ESTIMATED 
            VIA RADAR DATA. 

0215 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 N RIVERSIDE           32.10N  81.01W
07/08/2021  M5.67 INCH       JASPER             SC   OTHER FEDERAL   

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE USGS GAUGE LOCATED ON THE 
            SAVANNAH RIVER NEAR ELBA ISLAND. 

0215 AM     HEAVY RAIN       2 N SAVANNAH            32.08N  81.08W
07/08/2021  M3.76 INCH       CHATHAM            GA   OTHER FEDERAL   

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE USGS GAUGE LOCATED ON THE 
            SAVANNAH RIVER NEAR HUTCHINSON ISLAND. 

0220 AM     TROPICAL STORM   2 NE KIAWAH ISLAND      32.62N  80.06W
07/08/2021                   CHARLESTON         SC   MESONET         

            WIND GUST TO 37 KNOTS. 

0220 AM     TROPICAL STORM   2 NNW CHARLESTON        32.81N  79.96W
07/08/2021                   CHARLESTON         SC   SOCIAL MEDIA    

            LARGE TREE LIMB SNAPPED OFF IN FRONT OF A HOME IN 
            WAGENER TERRACE. 

0223 AM     HEAVY RAIN       3 N SAVANNAH            32.10N  81.08W
07/08/2021  M3.10 INCH       CHATHAM            GA   MESONET         

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE SAVANNAH NWR RAWS SITE. 

0230 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 ENE PORT WENTWORTH    32.17N  81.12W
07/08/2021  M3.14 INCH       JASPER             SC   OTHER FEDERAL   

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE USGS GAUGE ON THE SAVANNAH 
            RIVER NEAR LIMEHOUSE. 

0230 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 E MONTEITH            32.19N  81.12W
07/08/2021  M3.18 INCH       CHATHAM            GA   OTHER FEDERAL   

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE USGS GAUGE LOCATED ON THE 
            SAVANNAH RIVER NEAR LIMEHOUSE. 

0230 AM     HEAVY RAIN       1 ENE MERIDIAN          31.45N  81.36W
07/08/2021  M3.74 INCH       MCINTOSH           GA   OTHER FEDERAL   

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE USGS GAUGE LOCATED AT HUDSON 
            CREEK NEAR MERIDIAN. 

0245 AM     HEAVY RAIN       5 SE VALONA             31.42N  81.29W
07/08/2021  M5.08 INCH       MCINTOSH           GA   OFFICIAL NWS OBS

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE NERRS GAUGE LOCATED AT THE 
            SOUTH END OF SAPELO ISLAND. 

0256 AM     TROPICAL STORM   4 ESE CHARLESTON        32.75N  79.87W
07/08/2021                   AMZ330             SC   MESONET         

            WIND GUST OF 42 KNOTS. 

0300 AM     TROPICAL STORM   2 ENE SEABROOK ISLAND   32.60N  80.07W
07/08/2021                   CHARLESTON         SC   MESONET         

            WIND GUST TO 43 KNOTS. 

0300 AM     TROPICAL STORM   2 NE CHARLESTON         32.80N  79.91W
07/08/2021                   AMZ330             SC   MESONET         

            WIND GUST TO 40 KNOTS. 

0300 AM     TROPICAL STORM   2 NE FOLLY BEACH        32.68N  79.89W
07/08/2021                   CHARLESTON         SC   MESONET         

            WIND GUST TO 34 KNOTS. 

0300 AM     HEAVY RAIN       4 NW TYBEE ISLAND       32.03N  80.91W
07/08/2021  M4.47 INCH       CHATHAM            GA   OTHER FEDERAL   

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE USGS GAUGE AT FORT PULASKI. 

0308 AM     TROPICAL STORM   5 ESE FRIPP ISLAND      32.28N  80.41W
07/08/2021                   AMZ352             SC   BUOY            

            WIND GUST TO 42 KNOTS. 

0338 AM     TROPICAL STORM   5 ESE DEWEES ISLAND     32.81N  79.63W
07/08/2021                   AMZ350             SC   BUOY            

            WIND GUST TO 40 KNOTS. 

0356 AM     HEAVY RAIN       MARINE CORPS AIR STATIO 32.49N  80.70W
07/08/2021  M4.20 INCH       BEAUFORT           SC   ASOS            

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE ASOS SITE AT BEAUFORT MCAS. 

0400 AM     HEAVY RAIN       5 SW ADAMS RUN          32.66N  80.40W
07/08/2021  M4.62 INCH       CHARLESTON         SC   MESONET         

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE RAWS SITE IN THE ACE BASIN. 

0455 AM     HEAVY RAIN       1 S SHADOWMOSS          32.83N  80.07W
07/08/2021  M4.05 INCH       CHARLESTON         SC   MESONET         

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE RIVER/RAIN GAUGE LOCATED ON 
            CHURCH CREEK IN WEST ASHLEY. 

0518 AM     HEAVY RAIN       CHARLESTON AIRPORT      32.90N  80.04W
07/08/2021  M4.12 INCH       CHARLESTON         SC   ASOS            

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE ASOS SITE AT THE CHARLESTON 
            INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. 

0520 AM     HEAVY RAIN       2 WNW MOUNT PLEASANT    32.80N  79.90W
07/08/2021  M3.43 INCH       CHARLESTON         SC   MESONET         

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM A RAIN GAUGE LOCATED NEAR MOUNT 
            PLEASANT WATERFRONT PARK. 

0525 AM     HEAVY RAIN       2 SE DANIEL ISLAND      32.86N  79.88W
07/08/2021  M3.45 INCH       CHARLESTON         SC   MESONET         

            ELSA STORM TOTAL FROM THE RIVER/RAIN GAUGE LOCATED ON 
            RATHALL CREEK. 


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