ORLANDO, Fla. — Elsa is making landfall in the the northern Florida Gulf coast as a strong tropical storm, with sustained winds of 65 mph.

What You Need To Know

  • Sustained winds for Elsa were down to 65 mph early Wednesday morning

  • Elsa continues to moving north at 14 mph

  • Elsa making landfall in Taylor County

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, the center of Elsa was making landfall in Taylor County.

The storm is about 65 miles north-northwest of Cedar Key, and 100 miles west-southwest of Jacksonville, heading north at 14 mph.

Just after 4 a.m., a tornado warning was issued for north central Marion County that was extended to 5 a.m. A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was detected 7 miles southwest of Citra, moving northwest at 40 mph. Other locations impacted by this tornadic thunderstorm included Flemington, McIntosh, Lowell, Reddick and Micanopy.

In Lake County, a fast-moving storm with the potential for producing tornadoes was moving near Fruitland Park, Tavares and Eustis, prompting a brief tornado warning. It was heading north into Marion.

Earlier, a brief tornado warning was issued at 1:15 a.m. for mainly rural areas of southern Sumter, northeastern Pasco and southeastern Hernando counties. Radar detected rotation in a severe thunderstorm near Dade City, moving north at 40 mph. The warning expired at 1:30 a.m.

The storm will turn toward the north-northeast later this afternoon and eventually head ascross the southeastern U.S. through Thursday. 

Tropical storm-force winds extended outward up to 90 miles from the center.

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Central Florida Impacts

The severe weather threat for Central Florida has diminished and the worst weather for the rest of Wednesday will be across northern Florida into parts of Georgia.