Florida’s growing population is battling tropical storm Elsa, which is close to reaching Cuba after Haiti and the Dominican Republic killed at least three people over the weekend.
On Monday, the National Hurricane Center extended its warnings about a tropical storm and tracked Elsa along the west coast of Florida, which has been approaching the west-central part of Cuba since Monday morning.
Officials say stormy hours also apply to parts of the west coast of Florida.
Elsa, who previously had a Category 1 hurricane on Saturday, weakened her approach before heading to Cuba and fell into a tropical storm.
Earlier, the storm had crossed the Caribbean Sea, blowing at a maximum speed of 65 miles per hour.
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Tropical storms are expected in the Florida Keys and southwestern Florida on Monday and Tuesday evening, the National Hurricane Center said on Twitter. Meanwhile, officials said “tropical storm hours and hurricane hours apply to much of the west coast of Florida.”
According to the National Hurricane Center, a tropical storm warning is issued “when tropical storm conditions are expected anywhere within the warning zone.”
A tropical storm clock is issued “when tropical storm conditions are possible in the time zone”.
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Elsa is expected to approach the Florida Keys, the Florida Peninsula and the coast of Georgia by Wednesday, while causing heavy rains to cause “isolated lightning, flooding of isolated cities and small rivers,” National Storms reported. Center.
The storm prompted Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency in 15 Florida counties, including Miami-Dade County, where a high-rise condominium collapsed last week.
DeSantis warned residents about flooding that could lead to power outages.
“Now it’s time to fill out your materials and review your storm plan,” DeSantis wrote on Twitter.
Heavy rains are expected in the coastal areas of South and North Carolina after the blow to Florida, which could cause “isolated lightning and urban flooding,” the National Hurricane Center said.
The coasts of Georgia and Carolina are also in tropical storm conditions and are at risk of storm surges on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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