Storm Elsa 'kills 1' in Florida and 'injures 10' as tornado slams Georgia Navy base – and there's more wild winds on way

TROPICAL Storm Elsa killed at least one person and injured 10 in Florida as a possible tornado slammed a navy base in southeast Georgia.

The storm continues to move north as residents in South Carolina brace themselves for wild winds and torrential downpours.

It’s reported that at least one person was killed in Jacksonville when a tree fell and struck two cars.

No one else was injured, local fire crews said.

A possible tornado struck a park for recreational vehicles at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base at 5:50pm on Wednesday as wind gusts of between 45-65mph were reported.

At least 10 people were taken to hospital with minor injuries, according to reports.

No submarines were damaged at the base, spokesman Scott Bassett told CNN.

Witness Sergio Rodriguez told the AP: “There were just RVs flipped over on their sides, pickup trucks flipped over, a couple of trailers had been shifted and a couple of trailers were in the water (sic).”

The impact of the storm left scattered debris across roads and paramedics treated those wounded at the scene.

Power outages were reported across the state as more than 18,000 customers were without electricity on Wednesday, according to PowerOutage US.

More than 4.9million people were under a tropical storm warning across parts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina on Wednesday.

Elsa shows little sign of slowing down as it heads north as tornado warnings were issued across Charleston, Berkeley, Georgetown, and Williamsburg counties, ABC4 reports.

Tropical storm warnings that were in place have since been canceled.

At around 5am this morning, Elsa was around 90miles west-northwest of Charleston and heading in a northeast direction.

Wind speeds of up to 40mph were reported as pictures show crews clearing roads after trees fell.

Dominion Energy reported more than 13,000 power outages in Charleston County on Thursday morning as the storm causes disruption to residents.

Interstates are completely flooded following torrential downpours across the state with some barricades as a precaution.

Storm Elsa barreled her way north after wreaking havoc on Floridians.

Residents in Tampa were hit with blackouts on Tuesday night as the storm cut off electricity supplies.

Wind speeds of around 70mph were recorded and storm surges of up to four feet hit the state.

A huge branch came down onto a condo apartment in Clearwater but no injuries were reported.

Nine people were reported missing off the coast of Key West as coastguard teams confirmed they had pulled 15 from the sea, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

The cargo vessel Western Carmen pulled two people from the choppy waters at around 4pm on Tuesday while crew members on board the cutter Thetis rescued 10 others.

Almost three hours later, three other people were rescued.

But, precautions were taken as officials at Tampa and Sarasota airports suspended flights from Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning.

And, residents placed sandbags outside their homes and covered windows with metal storm shutters in a bid to minimize damage.

Elsa pummeled several Caribbean islands over the weekend, leaving at least one dead in St. Lucia, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency.

Meanwhile, a boy, 15, and a 75-year-old woman died on Saturday in separate events in the Dominican Republic after walls collapsed on them.

Waves 12-to-14 ft (356cm to 427cm) high washed debris ashore in capital Santo Domingo.

In Barbados, more than 1,100 residents reported damage to property and at least 62 properties collapsed as the island was battered with strong gusts and torrential downpours.

Downed trees also were reported in Haiti, which is especially vulnerable to floods and landslides because of widespread erosion and deforestation.

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