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Hurricane Elsa barrels towards Haiti

3 Jul 2021 By AFP

Tropical Storm Elsa churned through the Caribbean early Saturday, bringing powerful winds and threatening to pile further misery on violence-wracked Haiti.

The storm weakened slightly overnight and was packing maximum sustained winds of 75mph. It was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm at 11am on Saturday, when it had maximum sustained winds of 70mph.

At 8am, it was just south of Hispaniola – which is made up of Haiti and the Dominican Republic – and moving northwest at 31 mph, the US National Hurricane Center said.

By 11am, the storm was moving west northwest at 29mph, the NHC said. 

‘On the forecast track, Elsa will move near the southern coast of Hispaniola later today and tonight, and move near Jamaica and portions of eastern Cuba on Sunday,’ the NHC said.

‘There still is a lot of uncertainty about the path… but we are continuing to monitor closely and if there are any potential impacts to Miami-Dade, we are ready,’ Levine Cava said.  

She urged everyone at home to take precautions, saying ‘you know what to do.’ She also said officials will continue to receive and provide necessary updates.

NBC 6 reports that the Monroe County Emergency Management activated its Incident Management Team as well in preparation for possible landfall on Monday.

Additionally, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a state of emergency for multiple counties across the state. 

DeSantis said during Saturday morning’s press conference that they wouldn’t let people who escaped go back and get their possessions before the demolition. 

‘At the end of the day, that building is too unsafe to let people go back in,’ DeSantis said. ‘I know there’s a lot of people who were able to get out, fortunately, who have things there. We’re very sensitive to that. But I don’t think that there’s any way you could let someone go back up into that building given the shape that it’s in now.’

Tropical Storm Elsa churned through the Caribbean early Saturday, bringing powerful winds and threatening to pile further misery on violence-wracked Haiti.

The storm weakened slightly overnight and was packing maximum sustained winds of 75mph. It was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm at 11am on Saturday, when it had maximum sustained winds of 70mph.

At 8am, it was just south of Hispaniola – which is made up of Haiti and the Dominican Republic – and moving northwest at 31 mph, the US National Hurricane Center said.

By 11am, the storm was moving west northwest at 29mph, the NHC said. 

‘On the forecast track, Elsa will move near the southern coast of Hispaniola later today and tonight, and move near Jamaica and portions of eastern Cuba on Sunday,’ the NHC said.

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