Tropical Storm Elsa lashes Jamaica with thunderstorms as it moves toward Cuba

Jacqueline Charles, Adriana Brasileiro, and Syra Ortiz-Blanes, The Miami Herald on

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Cuba's eastern regions registered heavy rainfall on Sunday morning and early afternoon, according to the meteorological institute Insmet. In Santiago de Cuba province, home to the island's second most populous city, 11 reservoirs that are used to supply the region with drinking water were filling up and some reached around 80% of capacity at midday Sunday, the Hydraulic Resources Institute said.

The region registered sustained winds between 37 mph to 44 mph, with gusts of up to 56 mph, according to Insmet. In the next 12 to 24 hours, weather forecasters on the the island expect Elsa to maintain its intensity. On Sunday afternoon the storm is expected to travel over or very close to the extreme west of Granma province and later through Las Tunas, Camagüey and the provinces of the central region of Cuba.

As Elsa moved away from Hispaniola, authorities in the Dominican Republic had 15 provinces, mostly concentrated towards the south, on a green alert because of concerns over possible flooding in rivers and other bodies of water. There is a new high-pressure system that will "dominate the meteorological conditions", said the Dominican Republic's Emergency Operations Center.

In a late Sunday morning report. Dominican authorities said that 51 homes had been partially affected, and one home had been destroyed as a result of Elsa.

Emergency management officials also advised small and medium-sized vessels to stick to the coasts because of "abnormal" ocean.


A video from local weather anchor Jean Suriel showed waves over 12 feet high splashing against the sides of a highway in Santo Domingo Este as cars drove by.

In Haiti, initial reports suggest that the storm appeared to have had less impact than anticipated and did not cause the kind of damage the storm left behind in the eastern Caribbean, where it downed trees, took down power lines and caused roof damage to more than 550 houses in Barbados.

Haiti's agriculture did take "a serious blow" because of the wind gusts, said Jerry Chandler, the head of the Office of Civil Protection, the emergency response agency.

"There were strong winds overnight," he said. "So far no serious damage reported."

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