ELSA THREATENS CARIBBEAN: Cuba evacuates 180,000 people over upcoming storm

CUBA evacuated 180,000 people today, for fear that tropical storm Elsa could cause heavy flooding after it hit several Caribbean islands, killing at least three people.

ELSA THREATENS CARIBBEAN: Cuba evacuated 180,000 people due to the upcoming storm

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The Cuban government opened shelters and took measures to protect sugar cane and cocoa crops before the storm, the AP reported.

Most of the evacuees went to their relatives, and the rest to local shelters.

About 400 inhabitants of the mountainous areas took refuge in natural caves prepared for emergency situations.

On Sunday, at the end of the day, the center of the storm approached only 20 kilometers from Cape Cruz, in the extreme south of Cuba, and is moving to the northwest at a speed of 22 km per hour.

Stormy winds reached speeds of 95 km per hour.

The next “target” of the storm will be Florida, where Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in 15 counties.

The storm is expected to gradually weaken on Monday as it moves towards Cuba.

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