Strong winds and heavy rain lasted Cuba on Sunday (July 4), as Tropical Storm Elsa churns towards the country’s east.
The U.S. National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said maximum sustained winds were near 60 miles per hour (95 km per hour) with higher gusts, having downgraded Elsa from a hurricane, on Saturday (July 3).
A hurricane is defined as having winds of at least 75 mph (121 kph).
Elsa’s centre was near eastern Cuba, the NHC said.
It was about 40 miles (65 km) south-southeast of Cabo Cruz in Cuba at 2 p.m. ET (1800 GMT), and heading northwest.
The storm will bring 5 to 10 inches (13 to 25 cm) of rain to Cuba, with some spots getting up to 15 inches (38 cm).
Miami-based NHC warned that the rain may lead to scattered flash flooding and mudslides, some of which could be significant.
Elsa was forecast to move across central and western Cuba by Monday (July 5) and head toward the Florida Straits, the NHC said, and then move near or over portions of the west coast of Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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