(CNN) – The National Hurricane Center (NHC) said tropical storm Elsa is weakening and moving slowly, moving from Haiti to Jamaica and Cuba, while there is tropical storm monitoring. Effect on Florida Keys.
At 5 a.m. ET, Elsa was moving west-northwest at a speed of 22.5 km / h, with a maximum wind speed of 104.6 km / h, the NHC said. It is located 137 km east of Kingston, Jamaica.
Late on Saturday, the storm hit the Dominican Republic and parts of Haiti with heavy rain and wind.
Two died in the Dominican Republic When Elsa struck the Caribbean island on Saturday, the country’s Emergency Response Center (EOC) said.
In separate incidents, walls collapsed in Bahoruko due to strong winds, killing a 15-year-old man, and a 75-year-old man in Pano, the COE said.
The NHC said Elsa will move very close to Jamaica on Sunday and parts of eastern and central Cuba where tropical storm conditions are expected, with hurricane conditions possible until Sunday and evening.
Tropical Storm Warning in Florida
Forecasters said the forecast was still uncertain after Sunday, but Elsa could bring tropical storms to South Florida this week with heavy rain and strong winds – including where the Miami condo collapse occurred.
The NHC released a tropical storm monitor for the Florida Keys late Saturday, extending from Craig Key to the west towards the dry Torcos. Warning is possible within 48 hours for tropical storm conditions, including winds of up to 62.7 km / h.
By Monday, Elsa is expected to cross central and western Cuba toward the Florida Strait. Keys and parts of southwest Florida are predicting tropical storm conditions Monday night. Elsa is expected to move near or above certain parts of Florida’s West Coast on Tuesday and Wednesday.
It is likely to strengthen slightly on Sunday as Elsa crosses the warm waters and approaches the south-central coast of Cuba.
However, Elsa is expected to gradually weaken on Sunday nights and Mondays as it passes through Cuba. After the storm passes through Cuba, it will move into the Florida Strait, where slight reinforcement is possible as it moves along the warm Gulf Stream.
Emergency for 15 Florida counties
Upon Elsa’s arrival, Florida Governor Ron Desantis declared a state of emergency in 15 districts.
In addition, he encouraged residents to start preparatory efforts, including storing their disaster distribution equipment with one-week supplies and devising a disaster plan.
“We are preparing for isolated hurricane, storm, heavy rain and flash flood hazards,” Desantis said.
The state of emergency includes the districts of Charlotte, Citrus, Collier, D’Soto, Hardy, Hernando, Hillsborough, Lee, Levi, Manatti, Miami-Tate, Monroe, Pasco, Pinellos and Sarasota.
What is expected
Elsa was a Type 1 hurricane on Friday and early Saturday, but was downgraded to a tropical storm late Saturday.
“A further decrease in ground speed is expected … on Sunday, followed by a return to the northwest on Sunday night or Monday,” the NHC said.
A tropical storm warning is in effect off the coast of Haiti, north of Port-au-Prince; The southern coast of the Dominican Republic from Punta Palenque to the Haitian border; 10 provinces in Cuba; And to Jamaica.
Heavy rain is expected in parts of the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica until Sunday, with 10 to 38 centimeters likely, which could lead to flooding and landslides, the NHC said.
The National Hurricane Center Elsa is expected to move near parts of Jamaica and eastern Cuba on Sunday. Some parts of Cuba are likely to receive 13 to 38 centimeters of rain from Sunday to Monday.
Flash floods and landslides are possible in Cuba, especially in the highlands.
The NHC has forecast 8 to 13 centimeters of rain in the Cayman Islands between Sunday and Monday.
Prime Minister Mia Amore Motley told a news conference on Saturday that Barbados had not suffered any casualties or major injuries since Hurricane Elsa struck on Friday.
“It may have been very bad, but it was bad and it is definitely one of the most challenging events we have to face in recent times regarding the weather,” the Prime Minister said.
Kerry Hinds, director of the Barbados Emergency Management Agency, said at least 743 roofs had been damaged by the storm.
Roger Blackman, CEO of Barbados Light & Power, noted that 65% of the island’s customers have had their power service fully restored and he expects 80% of customers to be back in 48 hours.
Elsa’s route to the American coast is precise
According to the latest forecasts, Elsa could begin to bring winds and rain as a tropical storm Monday night to the Florida Keys and southwest Florida. He could tour Florida’s West Coast early next week.
The NHC forecasts Elsa 5 to 15 inches of rain in the Florida Keys and parts of southern Florida.
But even as the center of the storm moves toward West Florida, the southeastern Florida community Surface will still have some impact, even if there are some outdoor groups of “rain or wind for Tuesday or Wednesday,” CNN meteorologist Tyler Maldin said.
Elsa and the somewhat dilapidated building in Miami
Authorities said a group could have demolished the remaining units of a partially collapsed condo building on a surfboard in Miami earlier this Sunday, as Elsa approached Florida.
Otherwise, Elsa’s wind could inadvertently overturn the structure, officials added.
The U.S. Coast Guard has established an X-ray port condition for the ports of Key West and Miami as Elsa approaches the Florida Peninsula, the Coast Guard said in a statement.
The condition is that winds of 63 to 117 km / h are expected within 48 hours, and ships and port facilities should begin production as described in federal regulations.
The ports remain open to commercial traffic, but the Coast Guard warned that “the drawers will not be operational if continuous winds reach speeds of up to 40 km / h or when evacuation is taking place.”
Elsa 2021 is the first hurricane of the Atlantic season, and the third named hurricane to threaten the US coast.