Saturday 3rd July 2021
Hurricane “Elsa” is approaching
Haiti is calling out the highest level of alert
The hurricane season in the Atlantic begins with “Elsa”. The storm has already caused damage in Barbados, for example. Now Haiti is preparing for his arrival – before he is expected on the Florida coast at the beginning of the week.
The first Atlantic hurricane of the year weakened in the Caribbean. According to the US hurricane center NHC in Miami, “Elsa” reached wind speeds of a maximum of around 110 kilometers per hour on the way to the island of Hispaniola, on which the Dominican Republic and Haiti are located. Despite the slowdown, authorities warned the area “Elsa” may be passing through, including heavy rains, floods and landslides.
Haiti declared the highest level of alert, as the “Haiti Press Network” reported, citing the civil protection of the poor Caribbean country. The measures included the ban on flights and shipping to the south coast. Residents of high-risk areas were asked to prepare for an evacuation. Because of the escalating gang fighting in the capital Port-au-Prince, thousands of people had already been displaced in June.
“Elsa” had gained strength on Friday and caused destruction in parts of the Caribbean as a level 1 of 5 hurricane with wind speeds of up to 140 kilometers per hour. In Barbados, the storm toppled trees and power poles, as the civil protection agency DEM announced. According to the Interior Ministry, there were power outages. The water supply for a large part of the island had been cut off as a precaution to protect the equipment. Operations at Grantley Adams International Airport have been temporarily suspended.
Experts expect strong hurricane season
It is so far unclear with what intensity the storm would make itself felt in the US state of Florida at the beginning of the week. The authorities in Miami worried, among other things, about possible effects on the rescue work at the site of the partial collapse of a twelve-story residential complex. The part of the building that is still standing, but in danger of collapsing, is therefore to be blown up on Sunday.
The hurricane season in the Atlantic lasts from June to November. It was particularly intense last year. The US climate agency NOAA is again expecting an above-average season this year. Experts attribute the increasing intensity of tropical cyclones, which need warm water to form, to climate change.