Tropical Storm Elsa is about to land in Cuba
On Monday morning, Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall near the Bay of Pigs on the south-central coast of Cuba, bringing strong winds and heavy rain to parts of the Caribbean’s largest island and preparing to sweep the country on its way to Florida.
As the Caribbean islands continue to deal with the damage caused by the storm, the Cuban Meteorological Institute stated that it is moving northwest at a speed of 22 kilometers per hour, with sustained wind speeds approaching 100 kilometers per hour.
The institute stated that Elsa was originally scheduled to land around noon and leave Cuba at night, traveling between Havana and Matanzas.
“We continue to focus our greatest attention on the trajectory of Storm Elsa through Cuba,” President Miguel Diaz-Canel tweeted early in the morning. “The authorities are working across the country.”
According to official media reports, more than 100,000 people in Cuba have been evacuated from the potential path of the storm. Most of them have been evacuated to the homes of family and friends, but thousands have also been evacuated to government shelters.
Jorge Lemus, a kayaking guide in the southern city, said: “They evacuated people from areas where flooding may occur along the coast and rivers, but so far we have only been drizzling without strong winds. Or strong winds.” Cienfuegos.
Fearing that heavy rain might cause the dilapidated buildings to collapse, an evacuation was carried out in the capital Havana on Monday morning.
To make matters worse, the number of coronavirus infections in Cuba is also increasing sharply, reaching record levels.
The footage broadcast by state-run TV shows farmers speeding up harvesting of fruits and vegetables to protect them from storms, and local authorities clearing debris from the streets to prevent them from flying around in the wind.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) stated that tropical storm observations and storm surge observations have been set up in most areas of western Florida, and Elsa should approach these areas on Tuesday.
The approaching storm forces Florida officials Demolish the remaining part of the apartment building It collapsed 11 days ago, killing at least 24 people and more than 120 people are still missing.
Elsa was downgraded from a hurricane on Saturday, causing flooding, wind-blown roofs, collapsed trees, damage to agriculture and infrastructure throughout the Caribbean (from Barbados and Jamaica to Haiti and the Dominican Republic).