Florida Governor Warns of “Tornadoes and Flash Floods” Ahead of Elsa’s Arrival

Tropical Storm Elsa would head to Florida, United States, this Monday. The Florida governor warned of possible tornadoes and floods that ...

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  • Tropical Storm Elsa would head to Florida, United States, this Monday.
  • The Florida governor warned of possible tornadoes and floods that Elsa could unleash.
  • He asked the inhabitants of the localities where Elsa’s passage is expected to be prepared.

The Florida governor warned of possible tornadoes and floods that could occur this week due to the arrival of Tropical Storm Elsa, which has already caused three deaths in the Caribbean.

Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida, urged the inhabitants of the southern part of the state to prepare for the arrival of the tropical storm, which would hit with torrential rains and a storm surge this Monday, the newspaper The Sun reported..

Florida Governor asks to be prepared

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Photo: Getty Images

According to the aforementioned newspaper, Governor DeSantis said: “While we continue to provide resources to support the response in Surfside (where the building collapsed in Miami), Elsa’s impacts will begin to affect the Florida Keys and parts of South Florida throughout starting Monday ”.

“All Floridians in the potential path of this storm should prepare for the risk of isolated tornadoes, storm surges, heavy rains and flash floods,” the Florida Governor warned, according to The Sun report released Sunday.

Warn of tornadoes, storm surges and floods

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This satellite image provided by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Elsa as a hurricane heading for the Caribbean, over Barbados on Friday, July 2, 2021. Photo: AP

The Florida governor also tweeted that the state “is working with local authorities to safely secure the Surfside site before the storm,” which was later demolished Sunday night.

According to The Sun, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) of the United States reported that the tropical storm is generating winds of 65 miles (100 km) as it moves towards Cuba.

Storm watch

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In the United States, parts of the Florida Keys were placed under a tropical storm watch Saturday night, The Sun recalled. There is a storm watch in the Florida Keys, from Craig Key west to the Dry Tortugas.

Forecasters forecast rainfall, storm surge and strong winds from Elsa that will affect the area and the Florida peninsula earlier this week, the newspaper said.

They declared a state of emergency

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The Florida governor issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency for 15 counties that are in Elsa’s potential path. These cover Charlotte, Agrios, Minero, DeSoto, Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Leeward, Levy, Manati, Miami Dade, Monroe, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties, The Sun said.

The order was issued to give state and local governments enough time, resources and flexibility to prepare for the arrival of Tropical Storm Elsa early this week.

Risks for Elsa

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According to The Sun newspaper, the NHC said Florida has an advisory that “there is an increasing risk of tropical storms, storm surge and rain impacts as of Monday.”

“This hazard will extend north along the Florida peninsula through Wednesday and hit the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas on Wednesday and Thursday. However, the uncertainty in the forecast is still greater than usual due to the possible interaction of Elsa with the islands of Española and Cuba ”, the NHC had previously indicated.

Elsa leaves three dead in the Caribbean

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Antony Exilien works to reinforce the roof of his home in response to Tropical Storm Elsa, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Saturday, July 3, 2021. Photo: AP

The AP news agency reported that “the center of Tropical Storm Elsa was a bit disorganized on Sunday in the vicinity of Cuba, where it is expected to make landfall in the south of the island on Monday, and continues to pose some risk with downpours and moderate flooding before heading to Florida ”.

As it passed through the Caribbean this weekend, first as a cyclone and then as a storm, Elsa left three dead in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. In Cuba, more than 180 thousand people had been evacuated from their homes in low-lying areas of the island in a preventive manner in the eastern part of the country. Experts expected swells and waves of between four and six meters on the southern coast of the island, AP detailed.

Search resumes after demolishing remains of building in Florida

Search resumed after Miami building demolition
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Rescuers were given the green light to continue searching for the victims of a landslide in South Florida after demolition crews planted explosives to tear down the rest of the structure Sunday night. The demolition occurred “exactly as planned” around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told The Associated Press.

Some of the new debris was immediately removed so rescuers could begin moving into areas of the underground parking lot that are of special interest. Once there, they hope to get a clearer picture of the gaps in the rubble and where some of the 121 people believed to have been trapped in the collapse of the South Champlain Tower in Surfside on June 24 could be.

They keep looking for bodies

Search resumed after Miami building demolition
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No one has been rescued alive since the first hours after the accident. Miami-Dade County Police on Sunday identified 58-year-old David Epstein as one of 24 documented deaths in the landslide. His remains were recovered on Friday.

The proximity of Tropical Storm Elsa had added urgency to the demolition plans, as forecasts by meteorological experts pointed to strong winds in the area that could originate from this Monday.

Reports on delay in repairs rejected

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It was feared that the damaged structure could fall, posing a danger to rescuers and preventing them from working in some areas. Part of the remaining building was displaced on Thursday, forcing work to be suspended for 15 hours.

A Surfside official lashed out Sunday against the idea that the Florida town was responsible for slowing down the homeowners’ board’s plans to carry out necessary structural repairs to a building that eventually collapsed, killing dozens of people. .

City Council took more than a month to respond to Miami building repair plans

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After the diary Miami Herald reported that the town hall It took more than a month to respond to the plans presented by the building management in May, the town manager, Andrew Hyatt, released a statement in which he assures that the topics under discussion were preliminary plans that were not related to the works structural nor did they deal with the permits to initiate the repairs that the property required in order to be recertified for the 40 years of its construction.

“It would appear that the Champlain Towers South Homeowners Association attempted to address a number of issues outside the scope of any proposed 40-year recertification work,” such as new natural gas pipelines and increased parking space, Hyatt noted. For more details read this note.

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