Storm Elsa leaves more 60,000 Americans without power as tornadoes batter coast with 65mph winds as 13 rescued from boat

OVER 60,000 Americans have been left without power as Storm Elsa batters the East Coast with tornados, flash floods and 65mph winds.

The tropical storm sped through Georgia and the Carolinas seeing tornado warnings being dished out "fast and furious" as it moves northeast.

Storm Elsa is moving with urgency, as 27 million residents are now under tropical storm warnings.

It sparked heavy flooding along the coast and saw 38,000 battling the waters in the dark in South Carolina on Thursday.

Just hours later, more than 60,000 were without power from Virginia up the coast to New York, according to PowerOutage.US.

Elsa has now claimed at least one US victim and injured 10 more in Florida as a possible tornado slammed a navy base in southeast Georgia on Thursday.

Wind gusts of between 45-65mph were reported when a tree fell and struck two cars in Jacksonville.

Tornados were also reported across northern Florida and southeastern Georgia on Wednesday and one struck at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Kings Bay, Georgia, causing multiple casualties.

In the midst of the chaos on-land, 13 people were saved in waters near Southeast of Key West after a cargo vessel carrying 22 individuals capsized.

The individuals, who had come from Cuba, were rescued by a Good Samaritans crew and the U.S. Coast Guard. Seven men and two women passengers were still missing.

The strength of Storm Elsa has even sent New York City underwater – seeing commuters SWIM through subway stations and drivers rescued from their stranded cars.

Multiple users took to social media to share videos of completely flooded subway stations – and the worst is set to hit on Friday morning.

Shocking footage shows intense flooding at the 157th St. station, with people waist-deep in dirty water attempting to get onto the platform.

Some commuters were seen putting trash bags over their clothing in an attempt to hop through the floods.

Elsa is expected to continue northeast and the National Hurrican Center said it has strengthened slightly – and it is expected to grow stronger still.

The storm began accelerating up the East Coast after making landfall near Steinhatchee, Florida, late Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Elsa is the first hurricane of this year's season and forced some of the sunshine state's counties to declare a state of emergency.

Tropical storm warnings stretch up far north, reaching Boston, Cape Cod, Massachusetts and even parts of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

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