Tropical Hurricane Elsa arrived in Western Cuba on Monday afternoon, heading for Florida.
Heavy rains from the storm will hit Cuba and the Cayman Islands on Monday night, and the National Hurricane Center warned of possible severe mudslides in Cuba.
Two people were killed in the Dominican Republic and a Category 1 typhoon in St. Lucia, and Cuba evacuated 180,000 people by Sunday, the Associated Press reported. However, the worst of the tropical storm missed Havana, and it mainly affected rural areas with winds blowing at 50 miles per hour.
The storm is expected to continue through Central and Western Cuba overnight on Tuesdays and Wednesdays on the Florida Keys and Florida’s Gulf Coast.
ELSO IN SOUTH FLORIDA FIRST FOR TROPICAL TREATMENT CONDITIONS SOON
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a tropical storm warning to the Ochlockonee River and a hurricane that is warming from Bonita Beach to the Aucilla River.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis a tweet on Sunday, “all Florida residents should be prepared for the possibility of heavy rain, flooding and power outages.”
“Now it’s time to fill out your materials and review your storm plan,” he added.
NWS meteorologists predicted Elsa would turn east across North Florida, and they advised they could face tropical storm conditions across Georgia and the Carolina Islands on Wednesday and Thursday.