© Reuters. Volcanic ash and mud fill a road in the aftermath of Hurricane Elsa in an area of the north coast, unmoved from the south by ashfall from successive eruptions of La Souffriere volcano combined with stormy rains, in Sandy Bay, St.
By Kate Chappell and Marc Frank
KINGSTON (Reuters) – Tropical Storm Elsa brought more heavy rains to Jamaica on Sunday, flooding parts of the Caribbean nation, while the weather along southern Cuba’s neighboring east coast had also started to deteriorate.
The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said maximum sustained winds were near 60 miles per hour (95 km per hour) with higher gusts, having degraded Elsa from a hurricane on Saturday.
A hurricane is defined as having winds of at least 75 mph (121 kph).
Elsa’s center was near Jamaica, the NHC said. It was about 50 miles (80 km) north of the capital, Kingston, at 11 a.m. ET (1500 GMT), and headed toward Cuba.
The storm will bring 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm) of rain to Jamaica, with some spots reaching up to 15 inches (38 cm). Cuba should expect 5 to 10 inches of rain and up to 15 inches in isolated areas with storm surge of 3 to 5 feet (0.9 to 1.5 meters).
“Some strengthening is possible today and tonight as Elsa approaches the south-central coast of Cuba,” the NHC said in an advisory https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCPAT5+shtml/041158 .shtml. “However, a gradual weakening is forecast on Monday when Elsa moves through Cuba.”
Elsa was forecast to move through central and western Cuba on Monday and head toward the Florida Straits, the NHC said, and then move near or over parts of Florida’s west coast on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The approaching storm has forced Florida officials to begin work to demolish the remaining portion of a condo building that collapsed about 10 days ago, killing at least 24 and more than 120 missing.
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