Elsa is the first of hurricane season

(San Juan) Elsa Unleashing on the Eastern Caribbean took enough power on Friday to officially become the first hurricane of the season in the Atlantic.

Denica Cotto
Associated Press

Like airports and many businesses, schools are closed. The hurricane is heading for the coast of Florida or the Gulf of Mexico.

Type 1 hurricane moved toward the surrounding islands, causing heavy rain and powerful gases to blow through Barbados, including the rarely recovered archipelago of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Recent volcanic eruptions.

Hurricane Elsa It was about 120 km east of Saint-Vincent Island, heading west-northwest at a speed of 44 km / h. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami, its winds could reach speeds of up to 120 km / h.

“Winds of this magnitude can cause a lot of damage by blowing up many buildings,” said Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. I beg you, do not take this hurricane lightly. Now is not the time to be silly. ”

A hurricane warning is in effect for Barbados, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Long-distance forecasts for the course of the hurricane list a route through the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Elsa will slowly turn into a tropical storm when it reaches Florida early Tuesday morning.

Dozens of shelters have been set up in Saint-Vincent, and people living in the valleys are being pressured to evacuate the area due to the risks of flash floods, landslides and landslides. The northeastern port of the island, near the La Saffrier volcano, is particularly targeted.

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“Don’t wait until it’s too late to go to a shelter,” Prime Minister Gonsalves insisted.

94 camps have been opened, which is much lower than in the past, but about 2,000 people have already been housed in other camps since the volcanic eruption last April.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, Martinique and Haiti.

The fifth storm since this information was compiled was not named earlier this year, says Bill Clotsbach, a researcher at Colorado State University.

The previous fifth high-velocity storm was last year. He was appointed on July 6, 2020.

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