Cuba evacuates 180,000 as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches

Tropical Weather Elsa
Posted at 2:51 PM, Jul 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-04 17:51:33-04

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has evacuated 180,000 people amid fears that Tropical Storm Elsa could cause heavy flooding as it passes over the island Sunday night and through Monday, after battering several Caribbean islands, killing at least three people.

The Cuban government opened shelters and moved to protect sugarcane and cocoa crops ahead of the storm.

The storm’s next target is Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in 15 counties, including in Miami-Dade County, where a high-rise condominium building collapsed last week.

Elsa was a Category 1 hurricane until Saturday morning, causing widespread damage in several eastern Caribbean islands on Friday as the first hurricane of the Atlantic season.