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Cuba evacuates 70,000 people as Tropical Storm Elsa approaches

Before the storm, the Cuban government opened shelters and took steps to protect sugarcane crops and cocoa plants. Most people who were evacuated went home to their relatives, with around 23,000 staying at government facilities. 400 people who live in mountainous regions sought refuge in prepared natural caves.

Florida was Florida's next target. Gov. Ron DeSantis declared an emergency in 15 counties. This includes Miami-Dade County, where the condominium building that was high-rise collapsed last week.

Sunday morning Elsa was approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of Kingston, Jamaica. It was moving west-northwest at 13mph (20 kph) on Sunday morning. According to the National Hurricane Center, Elsa sustained maximum winds of 60 mph (95 km/h).

According to the center, the storm was expected to weaken gradually as it moves through Cuba on Monday.

It said that Elsa will be visible over the Florida Straits, and the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. "Some slight restrengthening may be possible," it added.

According to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, one person was killed in St. Lucia by the storm. According to the Emergency Operations Center, two people died in separate incidents in St. Lucia on Saturday, one being a boy aged 15 and the other being a woman aged 75.

Up until Saturday morning Elsa was a Category I hurricane, causing extensive damage to several eastern Caribbean islands as the first hurricane in the Atlantic season. Barbados was the worst hit, with more than 1,100 residents reporting damage to their homes, including 62 houses that collapsed. The government promised temporary housing funding to help people avoid being trapped in shelters during the pandemic.

Haiti is a country that has been prone to flooding and landslides due to extensive erosion and deforestation.

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