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Cuba evacuates over 200,000 as tropical storm Elsa approaches

A Cuban newspaper, the Granma daily, on Monday, July 5, 2021 reported that more than 200,000 Cubans had been evacuated from their residence in the face of coming tropical storm Elsa.

Tropical storm Elsa
Tropical storm Elsa killed at least three people over the weekend in the Dominican Republic and St. Lucia, after it slammed the eastern Caribbean islands as the first hurricane of the 2021 Atlantic season. Photo credit: Orlando Barria/EPA, via Shutterstock

The largest number of evacuees was reported in the eastern province of Holguin, about 152,000 people.

In the central province of Villa Clara, 54,000 residents had left their homes, while more than 8,000 had to evacuate in the eastern province of Las Tunas, according to the report.

Elsa has intensified slightly as it approaches the central part of Cuba, with maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour).

The Cuban Institute of Meteorology (Insmet), reported that the tropical storm was driving showers and rains from the western province of Matanzas to the easternmost part of the island.

The Insmet forecast specified that in the next 12 to 24 hours, Elsa would maintain its course with the possibility of gaining intensity before penetrating a point on the south-central coast, between the provinces of Cienfuegos and Matanzas.

Three people had already been killed by the Caribbean storm, two in the Dominican Republic and one on the island of Saint Lucia, the daily reported.

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