A fallen tree killed one in Florida as Tropical Storm Elsa passed through Wednesday, and 11 people were injured in Georgia when a suspected tornado hit an undersea base, officials said.
Almost all of the injuries at the Kings Bay naval submarine base have been classified as “green,” meaning they are not life threatening, the base spokesperson said. Scott Bassett. A woman was classified as “yellow” as a precaution because she is pregnant, he said.
The suspected tornado, believed to be linked to the tropical storm, made landfall around 5:50 p.m., Bassett said. No submarines were damaged, but there was damage to recreational vehicles in the base’s RV park and damage to buildings was reported, the base said in a statement.
A National Weather Service investigation team will conduct an investigation to determine if a tornado has hit the base. Everyone at the RV park has been found, the base said.
Earlier, a tree fell in Jacksonville, Fla., And struck two cars, killing one person, a Jacksonville fire department spokesperson said. The incident is considered to be weather related.
At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Elsa was over southern Georgia, bringing heavy rain and maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Its center was about 75 miles west of Brunswick.
The storm regained the strength of a hurricane on Tuesday, but weakened to a tropical storm with winds of 65 mph as it made landfall in Taylor County, Florida’s Big Bend area on Wednesday morning, the center said.
The howling wind “sounded like a train” in Cedar Key on Wednesday morning, Jonathan Riches told NBC affiliate WFLA in Tampa.
“The rain was pounding hard,” Riches said. “The hotel I was staying in, the shingles were coming off the roof itself.”
In Port Charlotte, north of Fort Myers, nearly 11 inches of rain had been recorded by noon, the National Weather Service said. In addition to more rain in parts of Georgia and South Carolina, Elsa could produce tornadoes, according to the hurricane center forecast.
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said the storm caused damage throughout the city on Wednesday afternoon, and urged residents to stay safe and prepared by knowing the evacuation areas and having kits available. .
“It’s really early in the season,” said Curry. “We’re just outside of the July 4th vacation, and we had our first storm, and unfortunately we had one death.”
There may have been a tornado in the city, but this will need to be confirmed by weather officials, Curry said. Authorities have warned residents to be aware of leaning or downed trees and downed power lines.
Elsa is expected to be in South Carolina by Thursday, and then across or near the Mid-Atlantic coast on Friday as she moves northeast. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for 92 potentially affected counties, which allows state aid.
Elsa was the first hurricane of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.