At 1100 AM EDT, the center of Tropical Storm Elsa was located near latitude 35.0 North, longitude 79.7 West. Elsa is moving toward the northeast near 20 mph, and this general motion is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, Elsa will move over South Carolina and North Carolina today, pass near the eastern mid-Atlantic states by tonight, and move near or over the northeastern United States on Friday and Friday night. The system should move over Atlantic Canada by Friday night and Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is possible tonight and Friday while the system moves close to the northeastern United States. Elsa is forecast to become a post-tropical cyclone by Friday night. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles from the center. A buoy near sunset Beach, North Carolina, recently reported a sustained wind of 40 mph gusting to 58 mph. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 inches).