Cuba evacuates 180,000 people, Elsa continues to approach | Weather News
The tropical storm warning is effective for parts of Cuba and Jamaica, as well as for areas in Florida, the United States.
Out of concern, Cuba has evacuated 180,000 people across the island Tropical Storm Elsa After the storm, 3 people were killed in the Caribbean Sea, which could cause severe flooding.
The tropical storm warning is in force for several provinces in Cuba, including Havana, Jamaica, the Florida Keys and the southwest coast of Florida, and is headquartered in Miami’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) Say Sunday afternoon.
The Cuban government has opened shelters and taken action to protect sugar cane and cocoa crops before the storm. Most of the evacuated people went to relatives’ homes, while thousands lived in government facilities.
The NHC stated at 2 pm on Sunday (18:00 GMT) that the maximum continuous wind speed recorded by the storm was 95 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour), but as it approaches south-central Cuba, these wind speeds may change. Strengthen the coast during the day and Sunday night.
“However, it is expected that Elsa will gradually weaken as it crosses Cuba on Monday. After Elsa appears in the Florida Strait and the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, there may be some slight strengthening,” the agency said.
Elsa has been a Category 1 hurricane until Saturday morning and Friday caused extensive damage to several islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea. This is the first hurricane of the Atlantic season.
According to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, the storm caused one death in Saint Lucia.
At the same time, according to a statement from the Emergency Operations Center, a 15-year-old boy and a 75-year-old woman died in different incidents in the Dominican Republic on Saturday after the wall collapsed.
Barbados is also one of the worst-hit areas, with more than 1,100 people reporting damage to their houses, 62 of which completely collapsed because the government promised to find and fund temporary housing to avoid people gathering in shelters during the pandemic.
According to reports, Haiti also has fallen trees. Due to extensive erosion and deforestation, Haiti is particularly vulnerable to floods and landslides. According to preliminary assessments, the storm affected the country’s agricultural sector.
At 2 pm on Sunday (18:00 GMT), the center of the storm was about 65 kilometers (40 miles) south-southeast of Cabo Cruz, Cuba, heading northwest.
Elsa is expected to bring up to 20 centimeters (8 inches) of rainfall to Jamaica, with rainfall reaching 38 centimeters (15 inches) in some areas, and up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) in parts of Cuba. Storm surge.
Some roads in Kingston were flooded. “Someone was trapped in the car,” said first responder Owen Palmer, adding that some Jamaicans were scared. “They didn’t take the storm seriously-Jamaicans always do-until the rain started to fall.”
Ian Thomas, who runs a small restaurant, said a flooded river flooded nearby houses. “The river flows very fast because it rained a lot in the morning. It came down from the mountain,” Thomas said.