Tropical Storm Elsa expected to become hurricane before making landfall in Florida

Heavy rain falls in Florida ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa.
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Now battering the Florida Keys, Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to strengthen into a hurricane before making landfall over the northern Gulf Coast early Wednesday.

The storm is bringing heavy winds to the Keys, and will likely drop as much as eight inches of rain. As of 5 p.m. ET, Elsa was roughly 155 miles south-southwest of Tampa, moving 10 mph to the north, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

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