MeterTropical storm “Elsa” killed noble people in the Caribbean. For example, a 75-year-old man and a 15-year-old man died in different parts of the Dominican Republic due to strong winds and heavy rain collapsing walls. This comes from a report from the COE of the Dominican Emergency Response Center. It is said that there were also deaths on the island of Saint Lucia.
At the same time, on Sunday, Cuba began to move thousands of residents off the island’s southern coast to safety from the upcoming tropical storm, which began with the first Atlantic hurricane of the year, which is likely to be Head to Florida. Initially, only fallen trees from Haiti, a poor country in the Caribbean, were reported, where the storm was particularly worrying.
15 counties in Florida declared a state of emergency
On Friday, the intensity of “Elsa” increased and caused damage in parts of the Caribbean Sea, becoming a Category 1 Category 5 hurricane with wind speeds of up to 140 kilometers per hour. As the civil defense agency DEM announced, in Barbados, the storm blew down trees and telephone poles. According to the Ministry of the Interior, there was a power outage. As a precaution to protect the equipment, the water supply to most areas of the island has been cut off. Operations at Grant Lia Adams International Airport have been suspended. He should recover on Sunday.
At first it was not clear how strong the storm would be in Florida, USA.Governor Ron DeSantis Declared a state of emergency in 15 administrative districts of Florida, including Miami-Dade County, where residential areas have partially collapsed. This allows the government to mobilize more resources so that it can help more quickly if necessary. Currently, rescue work for collapsed buildings has been suspended. Because of the “Elsa”, priority should be given to demolishing the part of the building that is still standing, and the authorities are preparing to demolish it as soon as possible.
The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November. Last year was especially serious. The US climate agency NOAA predicts that this year will be another above-average season. Experts attribute the increase in the intensity of tropical cyclones that require warm water to climate change.