RALEIGH – Tropical Storm Elsa could bring rain, wind, and tornadoes to North Carolina on Wednesday night and into Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center. State emergency management officials are advising residents in eastern and central North Carolina to be prepared for significant rains and possible flooding. “Residents and visitors to North Carolina should keep a close watch on the forecast for this storm,” said Gov. Roy Cooper. The State Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh activated Tuesday to monitor the storm. The State Emergency Response Team is preparing to support local governments with any storm-related needs.