Cuba Under the Influence of Tropical Storm Elsa

By Circles Robinson

Santiago de Cuba as rains began to fall on Sunday. Photo: Margarita Montes de Oca / cubadebate.cu

HAVANA TIMES – Tropical Storm Elsa is now on a straight land-free path towards Cuba. Weather conditions began to deteriorate this morning in some of the eastern provinces including Santiago de Cuba.

In preparation for possible damage from 100 kph (+ or -) winds, heavy rain, and especially coastal flooding, the government reported having already evacuated at least 70,000 persons. They said the majority went to relatives’ homes while 23,000 were in government facilities, noted AP.

Evacuation photo from the central Cuban province of Sancti Spiritus by Escambray newspaper / cubadebate.cu

Cuba’s Civil Defense authorities implemented a Tropical Storm Warning for the provinces of Camaguey, Granma, Guantanamo, Holguin, Las Tunas, Santiago de Cuba, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara, Cienfuegos, Matanzas, Mayabeque, and Havana.

One of the measures taken has been harvesting any crops that could be lost with the passing of the storm.  Any losses in agriculture will be doubly felt afterwards in a country already reeling from basic food shortages.

At 11 AM Sunday the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami reported: “Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is possible today and tonight as Elsa approaches the south-central coast of Cuba.  However, gradual weakening is forecast to occur on Monday when Elsa moves across Cuba.  After Elsa emerges over the Florida Straits and the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, some slight restrengthening is possible.”

After passing through Cuba, most likely on Monday night some time the storm will then head for Florida on Tuesday.

Elsa is the earliest fifth-named storm of the hurricane season which lasts until the end of November. It is the first directly affecting Cuba.

Updated at 2:00 PM Sunday July 4, 2021.

The NHC said the storm is forecast to drop 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 centimeters) of rain with maximum totals of 15 inches (38 centimeters) across portions of southern Hispaniola and Jamaica.

Likewise, on Sunday and Monday, rainfall of 5 to 10 inches with as much as 15 inches in isolated areas is possible in Cuba. This can result in significant flash flooding and mudslides the NHC noted.

Read more from Cuba here on Havana Times.


2 thoughts on “Cuba Under the Influence of Tropical Storm Elsa

  • July 5, 2021 at 10:33 pm
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    Curt anti Cuba no. Anti Castro dictatorship. The dictatorship is not synonymous for Cuba.
    I know you have learned very well the regimen’s script but just a reminder.

  • July 4, 2021 at 3:57 pm
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    The hardline anti Cuba mafia in Miami loves to gloat when hurricanes or tropical storms hit Cuba. They could really care less about their fellow countrymen in Cuba.

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