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Tropical Storm Elsa makes landfall on July 7 in Cedar Key, Fla. Photo: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

Tropical Storm Elsa is making landfall along the North Florida gulf coast Wednesday, bringing along heavy rainfall and strong winds per the National Hurricane Center.

State of play: Elsa weakened from a marginal Category 1 hurricane to a tropical storm early Wednesday, but hurricane force winds remain a possibility.

  • The storm surge watch for the Florida Gulf Coast has been discontinued, per the NHC.
  • A tropical storm watch extended northward along the mid-Atlantic coast to up through New Jersey.

What to watch: Elsa is expected to continue northward through this afternoon.

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The winds within Jupiter's Great Red Spot are gaining speed

The Great Red Spot seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Photo: NASA/ESA/STScI

The winds of one of the most recognizable storms in the solar system — Jupiter's Great Red Spot — are speeding up.

Why it matters: This weather report for another world is possible because the Hubble Space Telescope has been keeping a close eye on the storm for more than 10 years.

Report: Climate change is an "emerging threat" to U.S. economic stability

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A top U.S. financial coordinating organization took several steps on Thursday to manage the growing risks that climate change poses to the U.S. financial system.

Why it matters: While the Biden administration has been taking an all-of-government approach to climate change, like factoring climate risk into planning at the Treasury Department, today's moves by the politically independent Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) carry significant weight.

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"I assume full responsibility," Duterte says of drug war

Rodrigo Duterte in 2017. Photo: Linus Escandor II/AFP via Getty Images

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday that he assumes full responsibility for a violent war on drugs that has killed thousands of people, Reuters reported.

Why it matters: Last month the International Criminal Court (ICC) formally authorized an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity during Duterte's war on drugs.