Tropical storm Elsa approaches Cuba and Jamaica; Florida will be next.
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The Tropical storm Elsa is approaching Cuba and Jamaica on Sunday morning. Cuba is expecting flooding and strong winds in the East. Cuban authorities already evacuated people in the Southern region of the country. The storm has already battered the Caribbean islands, killing three people. Barbados was the hardest hit, where it has been reported that more than 1,100 people had damaged houses, and 62 homes were completely destroyed.
According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the tropical storm Elsa has maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. On Saturday morning, it was classified as a category 1 hurricane by the NHC in Miami. The storm is expected to strengthen as it approaches the South-central coast of Cuba, until it gradually weakens on Sunday night and Monday. When Elsa moves across Cuba it is expected to gather strength as it passes over warmer waters, before moving to Florida straits. By Tuesday or Wednesday, it is expected to move near or over portions of the West coast of Florida.
Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in 15 counties, including in Miami-Dade county, where Miami’s high rise condo collapsed last week. Officials are working against the clock to make sure they can demolish the rest of the building before the tropical storm Elsa reaches it.
The counties in a state of emergency are : Citrus, Collier, DeSoto, Harlotte, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Levy, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Pasco, Monroe , Pinellas and Sarasota counties.