Hurricane Elsa races toward Haiti amid fears of landslides – News Vibe24

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE: Hurricane Elsa ran into Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Saturday, threatening to cause floods and landslides before reaching Cuba and Florida.
    Category 1 storm was located approximately 110 miles (175 km) east-southeast of Isla Beata, Dominican Republic and moved west-northwest at 31 mph (50 kph). It had strong winds of 75 miles per hour, with the hurricane expected to be a tropical storm after it hit Cuba, according to the National Center for the Blind in Miami.
    The long-term forecast seemed to be heading for Florida as a tropical storm by Tuesday morning, but some models will take it to the Gulf or the Atlantic coast.
    In Haiti, authorities used social media to warn people of the hurricane and urged them to stay away if they lived near water or mountains.
    “The whole country is threatened by this hurricane,” the Civil Protection Service said in a statement. “Make every effort to escape before it is too late.” »
    Haiti is particularly vulnerable to floods and landslides due to widespread erosion and deforestation.
    People continued to buy water and food as the storm approached, with many skeptical about its immediate and long-term impact on a country struggling with rising gang violence and deep political unrest.
    “I protect myself as best I can. Civil protection is not going to do it for me,” said Darlene Jean-Pierre, 35, as she bought six jugs of water along with vegetables and fruit. worried about the road, I have to worry about the gangs fighting. Other than that, we have a hurricane. I do not know what kind of disaster it is going to cause. ”
    A hurricane warning was issued for Jamaica and the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince in Punta Palenque in the Dominican Republic. A hurricane clock was in effect for the Cuban provinces of Camaguey, Granma, Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas and Santiago de Cuba. Some of these provinces reported large numbers of Covid-19 infections, raising concerns that the storm could force large groups of people to seek refuge together.
    “Prediction is the key word,” said Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, adding that vaccination efforts would continue. “Let’s take care of lives and property.”
    In neighboring Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, authorities have opened more than 2,400 shelters as forecasters warned of heavy rains starting Saturday before dawn.
    Elsa is expected to cross the southernmost point of Hispaniola by Saturday afternoon and then target communities in southern Haiti.
    The storm had already broken roofs, destroyed crops and destroyed trees and power lines in the eastern Caribbean on Friday, with damage reported in Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which also suffered massive .
    At least 43 houses and three police stations were damaged, said St. Vincent’s prime minister Ralph Gonzalez.
    “We expect this number to increase as reports continue,” he said. “We have some damage, but it could have been much worse.”
    In St. Lucia, the wind damaged a high school, pounded offices, overturned chairs, and sent flying cards after blowing up the roof and staying.
    Elsa is the first hurricane of the Atlantic era and the first fifth storm to be recorded. Rainfall of 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm) is forecast with a maximum of 15 inches (38 cm) in parts of southern Hispaniola and Jamaica.

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