Elsa downgraded to tropical storm, expected to hit Florida within days
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Elsa has been downgraded to a tropical storm just days before it is expected to hit Florida. 

The National Hurricane Center announced Saturday morning that the first hurricane of the Atlantic season has weakened to a tropical storm as it travels quickly through the Caribbean.

Elsa's near-hurricane conditions are keeping Haiti and the Dominican Republic under a hurricane warning on Saturday, while heavy rain and flash flooding will affect other parts of the Caribbean on Sunday.

The weather agency said the tropical storm should hit southern Florida on Monday and could work its way up the state by Wednesday.

“There is an increasing risk of tropical storm conditions, storm surge, and rainfall impacts beginning Monday in the Florida Keys and the southern Florida Peninsula,” the National Hurricane Center said.

“The risk will spread northward along the Florida Peninsula through Wednesday and reach the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas Wednesday and Thursday,” it added.

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The tropical storm has the potential to further impede search and rescue operations from the Surfside, Fla., condo building collapse, which killed at least 22 people and left dozens missing.