It was announced last Friday that Hurricane Elsa, named the first tropical hurricane of 2021 by the US National Hurricane Center, has reached the Cuban coast. The speed of the hurricane, where 180 thousand people were evacuated from the settlements where the storm is expected to cause flooding, reached 100 kilometers per hour. The storm is expected to move to the southeast coast of the United States today.
Hurricane Elsa, which was announced as the first tropical hurricane of 2021 by the US National Hurricane Center, continues unabated.
It was stated that Elsa, the first tropical hurricane of 2021 over the Atlantic Ocean, formed about 65 kilometers west of the Barbados Islands.
It was noted that Elsa is heading towards Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba at 120 kilometers per hour and is expected to reach Florida next Tuesday.
Noting that Elsa is likely to weaken after it hits the Caribbean Islands, senior expert Jack Beven of the National Hurricane Center warned, “There is still a risk of storm surges, extreme storms and precipitation effects on the coast in parts of Florida early next week.”
Storm Elsa, which emerged in the Atlantic Ocean, reached Cuba after the Caribbean islands.
In the statement made by the Cuban government, it was stated that the storm is expected to leave heavy rain in the center of the island by noon, when it reached the southern coasts in the morning.
The government had evacuated 180,000 people from settlements where the storm was expected to cause flooding.
The storm, which carried winds of more than 100 kilometers per hour, affected the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean and the surrounding areas of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Two people in the Dominican Republic and one person in St Lucia died due to the strong winds and heavy rain caused by the storm.
The storm is expected to move to the southeast coast of the United States after passing through Cuba today.