The government opened shelters and moved to protect sugarcane and cocoa crops before the storm, whose next target was Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in 15 counties , including in Miami-Dade County where a condominium last collapsed. week. Elsa was located about 280 kilometers east-southeast of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and was traveling at a speed of 28 km / h west-northwest. It had maximum sustained winds of 100 km / h, according to the US National Hurricane Center in Miami.
The storm killed one person in Saint Lucia, according to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Meanwhile, a 15-year-old boy and a 75-year-old woman died in separate events in the Dominican Republic on Saturday after walls collapsed on them, according to a statement from the Emergency Operations Center.
1st hurricane of the Atlantic season
Elsa was a Category 1 hurricane until Saturday morning, causing widespread damage to several eastern Caribbean islands on Friday as the first hurricane of the Atlantic season. Among the hardest hit is Barbados, where more than 1,100 people have reported damaged homes, including 62 homes that completely collapsed as the government pledged to find and fund temporary housing to avoid reuniting people in settlements. shelter in the midst of the pandemic.
Felling trees have also been reported in Haiti, which is particularly vulnerable to flooding and landslides due to widespread erosion and deforestation.
A tropical storm warning was in effect for Jamaica and the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on the southern border with the Dominican Republic. A hurricane watch was issued for the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Granma, Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas and Santiago de Cuba. Some of those provinces have reported high numbers of COVID-19 infections, raising fears the storm will force large groups of people to seek shelter together.
According to Brian McNoldy, hurricane researcher at the University of Miami, Elsa is the first storm on record in the storm’s fifth name and also broke the record for the fastest hurricane in the tropic, with a speed of 50 km / h Saturday morning.
10-20 centimeters of rain are forecast to fall with maximum totals of 38 centimeters over parts of southern Hispaniola and Jamaica.