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SEE IT: Menacing Photos Show Deadly Storm Elsa Stalking Florida Coast

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In the days following one of America’s most celebrated holidays, the citizens of Florida are preparing for trouble.

That’s because Tropical Storm Elsa is on her way, and she’s making a push to reach hurricane strength before smashing into the Sunshine State.

The weather was getting worse in southern Florida on Tuesday morning as Tropical Storm Elsa began lashing the Florida Keys, complicating the search for survivors in the condo collapse and prompting a hurricane watch for the peninsula’s upper Gulf Coast.

In addition to damaging winds and heavy rains, the Miami-based U.S. National Hurricane Center warned of life-threatening storm surges, flooding and isolated tornadoes. A hurricane watch was issued for a long stretch of coastline, from Egmont Key at the mouth of Tampa Bay to the Steinhatchee River in Florida’s Big Bend area.

The Tampa area is highly vulnerable to storm surge because the offshore waters and Tampa Bay are quite shallow, experts say.

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Images of the storm were simply terrifying.

South Florida will likely be spared the brunt of the storm, which would allow rescue work to be only briefly interrupted at the site of Champlain Tower, where a high rise condo partially collapsed nearly two weeks ago.

The rest of the state, however, should brace for impact.


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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.