Elsa blog: Tropical system moves into Virginia, spares much of ENC


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — 9 On Your Side has all the bases covered when it comes to coverage of the remnants of Elsa.

The tropical system made landfall in Florida Wednesday morning and has been making a trek up the East Coast. The storm is expected to pass through North Carolina on Thursday and continue a march toward the north before eventually fizzling out completely.

We’ll update this blog throughout the day with the latest news from our reporters in the field along with updates from our meteorologists. So check back often for the newest information.


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10:17 p.m.

Coverage of Elsa wraps up with our 10 p.m. report on improving conditions in our state now that the tropical system has moved into Virginia. Emily Cervarich was in Washington while Caroline Bowyer has a wrap in New Bern.

9:06 p.m.

Meteorologist Jordyn Jenna reports a fair amount of rain for places like Lenoir and Craven counties while the bulk of the rain appeared to fall in the Sandhills.

8:54 p.m.

Nexstar affiliate WNCN reports a number of trees were blown down and there was some flooded roads in the Wake County area, which felt the brunt of Elsa as it moved through North Carolina.

8:36 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Currituck County until 9 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

8:19 p.m.

In addition to Nexstar sister station WAVY.com’s news coverage, check out their weather blog, which has the latest on conditions there as Elsa moves through the Tidewater, Va., area.

8 p.m.

The National Hurricane Center indicates the center of Elsa was about 65 miles west of Norfolk as the majority of the storm is now in Virginia. It had maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and was moving northeast at 21 mph.

There is still a tropical storm warning out from Surf City to Sandy Hook, N.J., including the Pamlico and Albemarle sounds and the Chesapeake Bay area. A tropical storm warning means conditions are still expected somewhere within the warning area.

7:55 p.m.

Farmville is reporting some power outages in the area.

7:42 p.m.

Nexstar sister station WAVY.com has full coverage of Elsa as it continues to move into Virginia.

7:28 p.m.

Check out the scene in Atlantic Beach. The sun is coming out and the clouds are moving up north. We also have weather cameras in Greenville, New Bern and Jacksonville for you to check out.

7:20 p.m.

Meteorologist Jerry Jackson has an update on Elsa.

7:14 p.m.

Before Elsa arrived here, it left some extensive damage in parts of Georgia and South Carolina.

7:01 p.m.

Power outages in NC as of 6:46 p.m. (PowerOutage.us photo)

Beaufort and Washington counties are seeing a number of power outages, according to Poweroutage.us. There were 887 people without power in Beaufort County, especially in the eastern area after a tornado warning earlier. Washington County had nearly 1,300 without power.

6:37 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for parts of Beaufort and Hyde counties until 7 p.m. Specific areas include Belhaven, Bath and Bayview. Tune to WNCT-TV now for the latest.

6:28 p.m.

Before the tornado warning was issued for parts of Beaufort and Hyde counties (see above post), the skies were clearing up on the waterfront in Washington, Emily Cervarich reported.

6:14 p.m.

Kayla Schmidt filed these two reports, one on the conditions at North Topsail Beach, which continue to be windy with big waves from the ocean. She also spoke with a couple about why they chose to come out to the beach as Elsa continued to churn things up.

6:02 p.m.

The skies are beginning to clear in Washington, Emily Cervarich reports.

5:42 p.m.

Lindsey Mooney sent us this photo of the tornado seen in Hyde County earlier today.

5:37 p.m.

The calm after the storm, from photographer Samantha Schweihs in New Bern

5:30 p.m.

Caroline Bowyer and photographer Samantha Schweihs were in New Bern for a 5 p.m. report. From rain to sunshine, wind and the choppy waters of the Neuse River, the city was experiencing a little bit of everything from Elsa.

5:18 p.m.

Kayla Schmidt (North Topsail Beach) and Emily Cervarich (Washington) were live with the latest as Elsa continues to move through North Carolina on its way to Virginia.

4:56 p.m.

The National Weather Service’s 5 p.m. update on Elsa has the storm now 125 miles west southwest of Norfolk, Va. It has strengthened some with winds now at 50 mph.

Tune to 9OYS News at 5 for team coverage at three locations in Eastern North Carolina along with the latest from Jerry on the storm and conditions.

4:53 p.m.

WAVY.com has the latest on Elsa there as the storm continues on a path toward the Tidewater, Virginia area.

4:44 p.m.

Kelci O’Donnell had our WNCT NOW update with the latest on Elsa and other news happening today.

4:26 p.m.

People helping people during a storm like this what it’s all about. Check out this post from the Jacksonville Government Facebook page.

4:18 p.m.

Caroline Bowyer and Samantha Schweihs are in New Bern where the wind is whipping and the waves are crashing on the waterfront. There has been some rain, too. She will have a live report from there on 9OYS News at 5.

4:08 p.m.

We may have a future meteorologist on our hand. Check out the reports from 9-year-old Matthew Westbrook of Dunn. Good job!

4:01 p.m.

A tornado warning was issued for parts of Northampton and Hertford County until 4:30 p.m. Jerry will have the latest on the storm and where it’s heading on 9OYS News at 5.

3:57 p.m.

Emily Cervarich and Kenneth Roundtree are in Washington, which has seen the winds whip and the water slosh around off and on all day on the Pamlico River side of the town.

3:54 p.m.

That wind in North Topsail Beach is no joke, as Kayla Schmidt shows in this tweet.

3:31 p.m.

Kayla Schmidt had an update on conditions at North Topsail Beach during a Facebook Live.

3:22 p.m.

Meteorologist Jordyn Jenna reports a confirmed tornado on the ground near the White Tail Farms neighborhood in Fairfield, moving northeast.

3:20 p.m.

Some children are swimming in the ocean at North Topsail Beach while a few people are out on the beach. Then, minutes later, it’s quiet again.

3:13 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Columbia in Tyrrell County and Creswell in Washington County until 3:45 p.m. We are live on WNCT with the latest.

2:58 p.m.

Conditions continue to be bad in North Topsail Beach.

2:52 p.m.

A tornado warning is in effect for areas of Hyde County, including Swan Quarter and Fairfield, until 3:15 p.m. Tune to 9OYS Now for the latest.

2:34 p.m.

Some parts of Jacksonville are experiencing power outages, which means some traffic signals are not working, according to the City of Jacksonville Government Facebook page

2:25 p.m.

WNCT’s Kayls Schmidt filed this report from North Topsail Beach on the conditions there.

2:23 p.m.

Meteorologist Jerry Jackson is live with an update on Elsa.

2:13 p.m.

Here’s more details from Storm Team 9 on Elsa, which was posted to our Facebook page.

2:02 p.m.

The National Hurricane Center has a 2 p.m. update on the location and conditions of Elsa. The center of the storm was located about 25 miles southwest of Raleigh and was producing heavy rain through parts of North Carolina and into Virginia.

2 p.m.

1:52 p.m.

A tornado watch continues through 11 p.m. for Beaufort, Dare, Hyde, Martin, Pitt, Tyrrell and Washington counties.

1:36 p.m.

Emily Cervarich reports that the winds have picked up in Washington. However, it has not been raining much. She also reports not many people have been out and about in the downtown area and along the waterfront.

“People seem like they are staying in and avoiding the weather,” she said.

Meteorologist Alex Wasilenko reports that after some threats of tornado activity in places like Greene, Edgecombe, Wilson and Nash counties, the storm is continuing its trek through North Carolina as it continues to move north.

1:15 p.m.

Kelci O’Donnell will be live in the WNCT Digital Studio at 1:30 p.m. with an update on storm conditions. She’ll also speak with Emily Cervarich, who is Washington, to get an update on conditions there.

1:09 p.m.

Minimal power outages have been reported from Elsa in Eastern North Carolina. According to PowerOutage.us, which keeps track of all the electric providers and power outages that are reported, shows Montgomery, Cleveland, Orange and Person counties with the most power outages as of 1 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

Our team of meteorologists are not only updating us on TV to the conditions from Elsa, they are also posting graphics and other information to our Facebook page. Click here to check out the latest.

12:40 p.m.

Wilson and Edgecombe counties were added to tornado warning list.

12:38 p.m.

Gov. Roy Cooper is reminding North Carolinians to be prepared for possible power outages and flooding as Tropical Storm Elsa makes its way into the state.

12:37 p.m.

A tornado warning has been issued for Greene and Pitt counties until 1 p.m. A tornado warning was also issued for Nash County until 12:30 p.m. Earlier, Wayne County was under a tornado warning through 11:45 a.m.

Nine counties in central NC are now under a tornado watch until 3 p.m., including Cumberland, Hoke, Sampson, Edgecombe, Johnston, Wayne, Harnett, Nash, and Wilson, click here for the latest Elsa update from Raleigh.

Tune to 9OYS News at noon for continued coverage of Elsa.

12:22 p.m.


10:11 a.m.


Click here to go to the National Hurricane Center page for the latest coordinates, wind speed, and other details on Elsa.


 After hitting Florida and Georgia on Wednesday,  Elsa is heading across South Carolina bringing heavy downpours to portions of the state, click here for the latest in South Carolina.


Elsa maintains strength as it moves through the Carolinas and a tropical storm warning is in effect for the Myrtle Beach area.


As Elsa moves up the East Coast toward North Carolina, Virginia, residents, crews, and businesses are getting prepared. Click here for the latest in Virginia.


7:40 a.m.

9OYS Ford Sanders provides a live update from Harkers Island via the WNCT Facebook page.

6:32 a.m.

9OYS Ford Sanders is in Harkers Island with the latest as Elsa approaches North Carolina today.

4:23 a.m.

Watch 9OYS Morning Edition from 4:30-7 for the latest on Elsa and other news. Click the icon to watch.


4:16 p.m.

We have you covered with reporters and photographers covering the storm

  • Ford Sanders and Kelly Hunter, Harkers Island
  • Kayla Schmidt and Claire Curry, Crystal Coast
  • Emily Cervarich and Kenneth Roundtree, Washington
  • Caroline Bowyer and Samantha Schweihs, Craven County

4:05 a.m.

9OYS had reports from several locations in Eastern North Carolina as preparations were being made for Elsa.

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