Tropical Storm Elsa Batters East Coast With Heavy Rain and Winds

People walk along a closed road for floods as Tropical Storm Elsa passes through Hoboken, N.J., July 9, 2021. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

Elsa, now a post-tropical cyclone, battered the East Coast with heavy rainfall and gusty winds on Friday.

As of 5 p.m. ET, Elsa was moving to the northeast at 35 mph with its center located 65 miles southeast of Portland, Maine. The deadly storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, with even higher gusts.

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The National Weather Service said it doesn’t anticipate a significant change in Elsa’s strength through Friday. The storm has weakened from the first hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic season. Elsa is expected to move offshore from the northeastern U.S. coast by Friday evening before heading to Canada’s Atlantic provinces by late Friday night and Saturday. The storm is then forecast to gradually weaken over the weekend.

Flash flood watches are still in effect for Maine on Friday evening after flooding in Philadelphia, New York City and Boston during the day.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Max Golembo, Daniel Peck, and Morgan Winsor

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