This content was released on 03 July 2021 – 04:48 pm
Tropical storm Elsa crossed the southwestern coast of Haiti on Saturday and headed for Jamaica and eastern Cuba, threatening violent winds and heavy rain.
So far, no major damage has been done in Haiti.
Elsa, then heading to Florida, USA, became the first hurricane of the season on Friday, rating 5 out of 5 on the Sapphire-Simpson scale.
However, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said its winds would not exceed 100km / h, which is expected to weaken following Sunday’s storm.
“There are intense gases of wind and light rain, but so far we have not recorded any damage,” said Jerry Chandler, director of civil defense in Haiti.
The storm is not expected to intensify overnight, although the NHC said in its 0300 GMT bulletin that “it will experience a slight strength on Sunday afternoon as it approaches the south-central coast of Cuba.”
An island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic as “Elsa moves near the southern coast of Hispaniola” was reported Sunday night to Jamaica and parts of eastern Cuba on Sunday night, according to NHC forecasts.
Predictions of up to 20 cm of rainfall are expected in Hispaniola and southern Jamaica.
– Risk of floods and landslides –
“Its rainfall could cause flash floods and landslides, some of which are significant,” the NHC said.
Elsa will then have to pass through Cuba, where a hurricane situation is expected in the eastern part of the island. Between Sunday and Monday, the NHC forecast 15 to 25 cm of rain in Cuba.
The tropical storm is expected to swell up to 1.5 meters above normal on the southern coast of Cuba; And 1.2 meters off the coast of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Haitian officials raised the alarm level to red on Saturday morning, the highest across the country.
Haiti may leave emergency supplies such as food and water to help thousands of people displaced by gang violence.
Thousands of people living in many poor areas of the capital, Port-au-Prince, were forced to flee their homes for a month by scenes of clashes between gangs.
In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew killed more than 500 people in southern Haiti and caused nearly $ 2 billion in damage.
– Bad news for the site –
In South Florida (southeastern coast of the United States), tropical cyclone Elsa could cause rain, flooding and strong winds, but the NHC said it depends on how it forms as it moves through the Caribbean islands.
Elsa is expected to arrive at Keys, south of the Florida Peninsula, at 0600 GMT on Tuesday and then make her way to Jacksonville.
The hurricane-related weather is bad news for the city of Surside, near Miami, as the search for victims continues after a building collapsed somewhat last week, leaving 24 dead and 121 missing so far.
Faced with fears of a new collapse, authorities chose to demolish the remaining building before the storm hit.
2.6 million vehicles are expected to hit the road in Florida this long weekend on July 4, US Independence Day, according to the local newspaper Sun Sentinel, citing the American Automobile Association (AAA).