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The storm is expected to make landfall Wednesday over the northern Florida Gulf Coast, according to the National Hurricane Center

Hurricane Elsa, which had been a tropical storm, is expected to move near or over parts of Florida’s western coast Tuesday night and into Wednesday.
“Elsa is forecast to make landfall along the north Florida Gulf coast by late Wednesday morning and then move across the southeastern United States through Thursday,” NHS said in its 8 p.m. news advisory.
Thirty-three counties are under a state of emergency, Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a news conference. The Florida National Guard also activated 60 guardsmen to serve at the state’s Emergency Operations Center and Logistics Readiness Center.
“We’re anticipating a landfall probably between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. tomorrow, somewhere again on the nature coast or Big Bend part of Florida,” DeSantis said. “There have not been any widespread evacuation orders.”
President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for the state ahead of the storm. The declaration, which began Sunday, authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts in southern Florida.
Elsa’s center, with sustained winds of 75 mph, was over water about 100 miles south-southwest of Tampa as of 8 p.m. ET, the hurricane center said. John Antapasis, Tampa’s emergency coordinator, encouraged residents to stay indoors and avoid roadways Tuesday night.
A hurricane warning is in effect from Egmont Key near St. Petersburg in west-central Florida to the Steinhatchee River in northern Florida’s Big Bend region.
“The warm ocean waters give it that fuel for the engine to really fire back up again … (and) it could be near or at hurricane strength” when Elsa makes landfall, CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam said.
A tropical storm warning — alerting people to expect tropical storm conditions including strong winds — is in effect for much of the rest of Florida’s west coast.
The Georgia coast from the mouth of St. Marys River to Altamaha Sound is also under a tropical storm warning, the advisory said. Gov. Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency Tuesday night that will expire on July 14.
Elsa’s outer bands also could drop rain on Florida’s eastern side, perhaps affecting areas such as the community of Surfside, where search and rescue teams still are working at the site of a deadly building collapse. Elsa’s approach prompted a controlled demolition Sunday of the remaining portion of the Champlain Towers South condo building.
As long as winds stay below 45 mph, search and rescue teams can continue looking for signs of life; if winds exceed 45 mph, teams are called off the rubble, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesperson Erika Benitez.
A tornado watch was in effect for more than 12 million people in southern Florida until 11 p.m. ET Tuesday. This includes Tampa, Fort Myers, Miami, Surfside, St. Petersburg and Sarasota.
The major rain and storm surge threats are expected to be in western Florida.
About 3 to 8 inches of rain could fall from the Florida Keys to western parts of the Florida Peninsula through Wednesday — threatening flash flooding, the hurricane center said.
Storm surge warnings were in place for the west coast of Florida from Bonita Beach through the northern portions of the Big Bend region, with the highest surge expected to be between 3 and 5 feet from Englewood to the outlet for the Aucilla River — including Tampa Bay.
People in southern and western Florida have been preparing by filling sand bags, opening shelters, closing businesses and schools, and activating local emergency operations centers.
Cuba was getting heavy rainfall Tuesday morning from Elsa. Rainfall of 5 to 15 inches is expected through Tuesday night, threatening significant flash flooding and mudslides.
Elsa whipped the Keys on Tuesday morning with rain and sustained winds of 30-40 mph.

Residents and businesses prepare

Elsa, which briefly was at hurricane strength Friday and early Saturday to become the first hurricane of the season, made landfall Monday in Cuba and tore through the Cayman Islands, saturating both areas with heavy rain and strong winds and causing landslides and flooding.
Authorities across Florida offered free sandbags to residents to help prevent flooding and are encouraging people to prepare by stocking up on supplies and heeding local warnings.
At least four counties in the Tampa area — Hillsborough, Pinellas, Hernando and Manatee — opened shelters for residents, while others have activated emergency operations centers to prepare for the storm.
Determined visitors head to Sloppy Joe's bar while crossing a flooded Duval Street in Key West.
“You want to be prepared for anything,” a Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center employee told CNN affiliate WFTS. “You really never know.”
“We’ve had other storms in the past that seemed like nothing but they end up with a lot of flood damage,” the emergency official warned.
Manatee County could “have almost borderline terms of a hurricane,” US Rep. Vern Buchanan said.
“Please finalize your plans and secure your homes and get ready to sort of bunker down and ride out this storm,” said Manatee County Administrator Scott Hopes.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor pleaded with city residents to stay home Tuesday evening.
“You don’t need to be out. Do not go out. We’re going to have a lot of rain, a lot of wind. Do not drive into water that you cannot see through, so that means don’t drive into water, period,” Castor said.
Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay planned to close “to ensure the safety of our ambassadors, guests and animals,” according to the park’s website. At this time, the venue is expected to reopen at noon Wednesday.
Tampa International Airport said it would close to commercial flights at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, and to cargo flights at 10 p.m. It anticipated reopening Wednesday at 10 a.m.
In Fort Myers, the Southwest Florida International Airport said it would cancel flights Tuesday afternoon.
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport plans to close at 6:30 p.m. after the last commercial arrival scheduled for 5:30 pm, according to the airport’s website. The airport plans to resume normal operations Wednesday at 6 a.m.
Emma Barlow, 9, works with her mother Brandi Barlow to fill sandbags Tuesday in Middleburg.
People lined up Monday in Manatee and Hillsborough counties to fill free sandbags to help prevent flooding.
One new Florida resident told WFTS she’s never been in a tropical storm.
“This is our first experience. We got the notification that we could get sandbags, and we’re right on some water, so we just want to do everything that we can at this point,” the woman said.
Even some businesses are closing ahead of the storm.
Niall Bowen, owner of Old Town Bakery in Key West, will close his business Tuesday because the storm will impact his supply chain and deliveries, he told CNN affiliate WSVN.
“As far as the impact goes, I don’t think we’re going to have a major weather event,” Bowen said.

Into Georgia and the Carolinas later this week

The current forecast following landfall in western Florida has the storm moving to the northeast across the lowlands of Georgia, perhaps as a tropical storm, on Wednesday — and the Carolinas, perhaps as a tropical depression, on Thursday.
Tropical Storm Elsa battered parts of the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Saturday with heavy rain and high winds.
It could exit into the Atlantic on Thursday or Friday.
Elsa could then be a rainmaker for the extreme Eastern Seaboard until it pushes into the north Atlantic.

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Home burns in north Austin near Walnut Creek park Wednesday

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After a one-day cool down Tuesday, we’re back to the high heat and humidity Wednesday.

High temperatures through the rest of the work week return to the middle and upper 90s, with heat indices over 100 degrees each afternoon. Be sure to take frequent breaks in the shade when working or exercising outdoors, and keep pets cool and hydrated as well.

Author: Billy Gates
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Britney Spears set to speak to conservatorship judge in open court Wednesday

Britney Spears’ words will be heard in open court for the first time in the 13-year conservatorship that has spawned the #FreeBritney movement.

LOS ANGELES — In the most anticipated hearing in the case in years, Britney Spears is expected to address a judge overseeing the conservatorship that has controlled the pop star’s money and affairs since 2008.

If Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny does not make a last-minute decision Wednesday to seal the proceedings, Spears’ words will be heard in open court for the first time in the 13-year conservatorship.

The hearing has been eagerly awaited by the fans in the so-called #FreeBritney movement, who feel she is being controlled unfairly against her will and are likely to gather outside the courthouse in large numbers.

Spears, who is scheduled to take part remotely, asked for the hearing so she could address the court directly.

Her court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham III, made the request at an April 28 hearing. He gave no indication of what the 39-year-old pop star wants to say.

But in recent court filings, Spears has sought a greater say over who runs the conservatorship, and has asked that her father, who had extensive power over her life and money for most of its existence, be removed.

Spears said through Ingham that she fears her father James Spears, and would not end a 2 1/2-year pause on her career as long as he has control over it.

The judge declined to remove James Spears entirely, though he now plays a smaller role. He serves as co-conservator of her finances along with estate management firm the Bessemer Trust, and in 2019 relinquished his role as conservator over his daughter’s life choices to a court-appointed professional.

Last week, Britney Spears said on Instagram that she wasn’t sure if she will ever perform live again.

“I have no idea,” she said, answering a fan who asked when she planned to take the stage. “I’m having fun right now. I’m in a transition in my life and I’m enjoying myself. So that’s it.”

Britney Spears has spoken in court in the conservatorship before, but the courtroom was always cleared and transcripts sealed.

The last time she was known to have addressed the judge was in May 2019.

Spears has since requested greater transparency from the court since then, and Penny has allowed far more to remain public.

The singer has never asked the court to end the conservatorship entirely, though she has emphasized in documents that she reserves the right to do so at any time.

It was put in place as she underwent a mental health crisis in 2008. She has credited it with saving her from financial ruin and keeping her a top flight pop star.

Her father and his attorneys have emphasized that she and her fortune, which court records put at more than $ 50 million, remain vulnerable to fraud and manipulation. Under the law, the burden would be on Spears to prove she is competent to be released and free to make her own choices.

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VIEWER PHOTOS: Tree hit by lightning Wednesday still glowing with heat the day after

KINGSLAND, Texas (KXAN) — A tree still glowed with heat Thursday, a day after a bolt of lightning struck it at a Kingsland golf course.

Viewer Ronna Wilson sent us photos of the tree at Legends Golf Course that was smoldering from the strike a day after it was hit.

Storms that have the potential to produce lightning strikes are rolling through the KXAN viewing area the rest of the week. With periods of heavy rains at times, localized and flash flooding are possible and low water crossing could become impassable.

At 1:30 p.m. Thursday, the website ATXFloods.com said 124 low water crossings were closed across the viewing area.

Other viewers sent in photos of flooding across Central Texas. Austin Energy crews also worked to remove large trees or limbs that fell on power lines to restore service to customers.

  • Austin Energy crews repairs power lines Thursday, June 3 in southeast Austin (Austin Energy Photo)
  • Austin Energy crews repairs power lines Thursday, June 3 in southeast Austin (Austin Energy Photo)
  • Flooding in Weir, Texas on June 3, 2021 (Courtesy: Miguel Garcia)
  • Flooding in Weir, Texas on June 3, 2021 (Courtesy: Miguel Garcia)
  • Flooding at a low water crossing at Joe Tanner Lane and Highway 290 June 3, 2021 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
  • Flooding at a low water crossing at Joe Tanner Lane and Highway 290 June 3, 2021 (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)
  • Barton Springs Pool is temporarily shut down due to flooding, according to the city. (KXAN Photo/Tim Holcomb)
  • Barton Springs Pool is temporarily shut down due to flooding, according to the city. (KXAN Photo/Tim Holcomb)

Author: Billy Gates
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

MISSING: 85-year-old man last seen Wednesday in east Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Authorities need your help to find a missing 85-year-old man last seen earlier this week in east Houston.

Ismael Casilla was last seen Wednesday around 6 p.m. in the 4400 block of Dallas Street.

85-year-old man

Casilla is a Hispanic man, 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He has white hair and brown eyes.

Casilla was last seen wearing a red shirt and brown shorts.

If you have any information about Larkins’ disappearance, call the Houston Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 832-394-1840.

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Thunderstorm chance increases Tuesday into Wednesday

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A stalled front will keep southeast Texas in a wet, humid weather pattern through Wednesday.It will be another warm, muggy start to the day with temperatures in the mid 70s. Temperatures will again climb to near 90 Tuesday afternoon before storms develop along the front north of Houston. Storm chances increase for Houston Tuesday night and Wednesday as the front finally moves south and pushes offshore.

Stay weather aware by downloading the ABC13 app to have the latest breaking news and weather alerts sent straight to your phone.Will any of the storms be severe or cause flooding?
It’s possible, but not likely. If any storms do turn severe, quarter inch hail and wind gusts of 60 mph are the primary concerns. Because the storms will form and move along the stalled front, street flooding is possible where they heaviest rain falls.

How cool will it get behind the front?
We’ll catch one or two afternoons in the 70s with another big drop in the humidity. Temperatures will dip as low as the upper 50s Thursday and Friday mornings, especially north of Houston.

What about the weekend?
The muggy air rushes right back in for the weekend. Rain chances will stay low on Saturday at just 20%, but they double to 40% Sunday as deep moisture moves overhead. The weather pattern Sunday through much of next week will favor slow-moving, heavy thunderstorms that could lead to street flooding.

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Austin Police to release video Wednesday of deadly police shooting, man killed in front of family

Author: Jacqulyn Powell
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

AUSTIN (KXAN) — One day after the family of Alex Gonzales viewed the police dashcam and body camera footage of the deadly police shooting, the Austin Police Department will release that video to the public.

APD said it plans to release the video Wednesday morning on its website.

APD was supposed to release the dashcam and bodycam footage of the shooting within 60 days of the Jan. 5 incident, according to city policy, but failed to do so. That would have been March 6. Wednesday marks 113 days since the shooting.

Austin Police said the weeklong winter storm that hit in mid-February delayed the release.

Video ‘heartbreaking and tragic,’ family attorney says

Pictured on right: Alexander “Alex” Gonzales
Pictured on right: Alexander “Alex” Gonzales

Attorney for Gonzales’ parents, Scott Hendler, described the video Tuesday to KXAN.

“I think when you see the video, it’s going to be heartbreaking and tragic,” he told reporters. “What happened is unconscionable, in my opinion. There’s no credible defense for it.”

Gonzales’ mom was so overcome with emotion after seeing the video that she canceled a planned news conference Tuesday at Austin City Hall.

Hendler says Gonzales, 27, was already wounded and bleeding and checking on his 2-month-old baby when responding officers shot him multiple times, killing him. His girlfriend was also wounded but survived.

Police say they found a gun in Gonzales’ car on the floorboard.

Hendler says the video never shows Gonzales with that gun.

Why the video won’t show perhaps the most important encounter

Scene of the Jan. 5, 2021 shooting where Alex Gonzales was killed. (KXAN Photo/Julie Karam)

Off-duty police officer Gabriel Gutierrez was driving in his personal car. He said Gonzales cut him off in traffic and then pointed a gun at him. Officer Gutierrez shot at Gonzales from the moving car in traffic, perhaps hitting him. Gutierrez then called for backup.

But since Gutierrez was off-duty and in a personal car, none of this exchange was captured on bodycam or dashcam video, according to former police Chief Brian Manley, who spoke from the scene in January.

Gonzales drove a little farther before stopping on Wickersham Lane in southeast Austin as other on-duty police officers responded.

Attorney: Gonzales was killed as he reached to check on his baby

“He’s clearly wounded,” Hendler said of Gonzales following Gutierrez shooting at him in traffic. “The officers responding know that he’s bleeding because [Gutierrez] reported to the dispatcher, ‘He’s got blood on his face.’”

“He can be seen walking very unsteadily toward the back of the car using the car to hold him up. You can see him walk behind the car. He has no weapon in his hand. He doesn’t brandish a weapon. He doesn’t have anything in his hand. He doesn’t point anything at the officers.”

APD said bodycam and dashcam footage shows officers gave Gonzales multiple commands he did not follow. Eyewitness video from the scene appears to corroborate this. You can see and hear officers telling Gonzales to stop, but he kept walking.

“He walks to the other side of the vehicle where his girlfriend and the mother of his child is lying on the ground, wounded, to check on her,” Hendler said. “She asks him to check on the baby. He then opens the back door to look in and leans in to check on the baby, and that’s when he’s shot.”

The family says Gonzales was shot 10 times. Police have only said he was shot multiple times.

Gonzales’ baby was not hurt. His girlfriend was shot but survived her injuries.

Officer’s attorneys criticize public release of video

“There is an appropriate time for evidence to be released, but [Wednesday] is not that time. You are damaging the legal process.”

Attorneys for APD Officer Luis Serrato

Luis Serrato was the responding on-duty Austin police officer who shot and killed Gonzales. His bodycam footage will be among those released on Wednesday.

His attorneys sent an open letter to interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon and Travis County District Attorney José Garza asking them not to release the video.

“Releasing video footage under the guise of transparency, in this manner and at this time, is completely counterproductive to the overriding goal of maintaining fairness in our justice system and ensuring public confidence that the system worked properly,” the attorneys wrote. “There is an appropriate time for evidence to be released, but [Wednesday] is not that time. You are damaging the legal process.”

Serrato’s attorneys instead called on DA Garza to show transparency in his own processes, asking him to “record every word spoken” during the grand jury review to show the community he presented the case fairly.

Serrato has been with APD for two years. Gutierrez has been in the department for five years. Both are on administrative leave.

KXAN asked the director of the Office of Police Oversight for clarity on why this video release took so long. She said that’s a question for Austin Police. KXAN asked Austin Police multiple times for clarity on the timeline of the video’s release but has not yet gotten a response.

What were those lights in the sky over Central Texas on Wednesday?

AUSTIN (KXAN) — What was that string of lights in the sky over Central Texas on Wednesday night?

Several viewers sent KXAN pictures and videos of what appeared to be a long line of lights tracking across the sky around 9 p.m. Some guessed that it could be SpaceX satellites coming into view, but other people had no idea and wanted some answers.

Those who guessed Elon Musk had a hand in it were correct.

KXAN’s First Warning Weather team confirmed the strange-looking string of lights were Starlink satellites over the area, and it just so happens that SpaceX launched 60 additional satellites into orbit Wednesday from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The satellites are intended to help provide wireless internet throughout the world, and 1,300 of them are currently orbiting the Earth. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket delivered the latest batch of satellites, and it safely landed on a ship in the Atlantic Ocean named “Of Course I Still Love You.”

Billy Gates