Tropical storm Elsa caused landslides off the southern coast of Cuba on Monday afternoon, which could turn into Florida, forecasters said. As of Sunday night, the storm had receded above the water, but heavy rains were pouring into Cuba.
Concerned that more winds could blow from the approaching storm, authorities in Florida’s Surface ordered the demolition of the rest of the partially collapsed condominium building. It.
President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency in Florida due to the storm, making federal aid possible. Governor Ron Desantis had already declared a state of emergency in 15 districts, including Miami-Tate, where the siren is located.
About 9 million people in Florida were under tropical storm monitoring and warnings Monday.
Elsa, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, said it was “expected to move near the lower Florida Keys and dry Torcos by Tuesday.” The NHC said the storm was expected to move to or near parts of Florida’s west coast late Tuesday and Wednesday.
Some parts of Cuba were expected to receive five to 10 inches of rain on Monday, with the hurricane center forecasting up to 15 inches in some places, “which could cause significant flash floods and landslides.”
As of 11pm on Monday, Elsa’s center was 20 miles northeast of Havana and was moving at 12 miles north-northwest. The National Hurricane Center said Elsa was blowing at a maximum speed of 60 mph.
Cuban authorities have evacuated 180,000 people and killed at least three as a precaution against the possibility of major flooding from a storm that has already hit several Caribbean islands. Most of those evacuated stayed in relatives’ homes, others went to government camps, and hundreds of people living in the mountains took refuge in caves prepared for emergencies.
The hurricane center said the storm could gradually weaken as it passed through central Cuba, but “a slight strengthening is predicted after Elsa moves into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico.”
Elsa broke the previous record for the fifth-named hurricane and the fastest moving hurricane in the tropics, moving at 31 mph on Saturday morning, said Brian McNaldy, a hurricane researcher at the University of Miami.