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Tropical Storm Elsa kills 1 in Florida, possible tornado injures 10 at Georgia Navy base


Tropical Storm Elsa has killed at least one person in Florida and injured 10 others at a Navy base due to a possible tornado in Georgia on Wednesday, The Associated Press reported.

In Jacksonville, Fla., one person died after Elsa caused a tree to crash down and hit two cars, according to local authorities. 

At the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, located in the southeast corner of Georgia, recreational vehicles were hit by a possible tornado, injuring 10 people, according to the AP. A spokesperson for the base told the news outlet that the people were taken to the hospital. Elsa damaged some of the buildings on the base.

The National Hurricane Center registered 45 mph winds for Elsa as of Wednesday night. It made landfall in Taylor County, Fla., just hours earlier around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, according to AccuWeather.

The AP reported Elsa was close to Valdosta, Ga., around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

According to AccuWeather, Elsa had max sustained winds on Tuesday evening of 75 mph, strengthening into a Category 1 hurricane. However, it weakened early Wednesday morning into a tropical storm. 

Officials near the scene of the condo collapse in Surfside, Fla., were already anxious about the threat that Elsa could pose to the weakened building, prompting them to bring down the rest of Champlain Towers South on Sunday evening before officials could continue rescue efforts.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said earlier on Wednesday that Elsa had not caused any major structural damage when it landed in the state.

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