Tropical Storm Elsa weakens, heat persists in West

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Tropical Storm Elsa is weakening as it approaches the Northern Florida Gulf Coast, making landfall later Wednesday morning into the early afternoon.  

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Tropical Storm Elsa's path

Tropical Storm Elsa’s path

Storm surge of 3-5 feet is also forecast from Tampa Bay to the Big Bend.  

A few brief tornadoes may spin up through tonight across the Florida Peninsula, then over North Florida and the Southeast Coast.  

Tornado threat in Florida on Wednesday night

Tornado threat in Florida on Wednesday night

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Excessive heat warnings are still in effect across the Great Basin and the Desert Southwest this week as extremely hot temperatures persist across these regions.