Hurricane Elsa cuts power, blows roofs off in Barbados

CHURCH OF CHRIST, Barbados, July 2 (Reuters) – According to a Reuters witness, Hurricane Elsa caused power outages, blew house roofs, overturned trees and caused flooding in areas of the island of Barbados.

Elsa grew into a hurricane earlier in the day and was located about 40 miles (64 km) west of Barbados, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The NHC said it has activated a hurricane warning for Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, meaning hurricane conditions are expected in the coming hours and preparations to protect life and property must be brought to completion urgently. .

Elsa’s progress must be monitored by the Windward Islands, Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba, the Miami-based NHC said. It predicted additional hurricane warnings would likely be needed for parts of Haiti and the Dominican Republic later in the day.

The Elsa storm surge is expected to raise water levels by as much as 1 to 3 feet above normal tides in areas with onshore winds in the Windward Islands Hurricane Warning Area and along the south coast of Hispaniola.

The NHC forecast rainfall of 3 to 6 inches with maximums of 10 inches on Friday across the Windward and southern Leeward Islands, including Barbados, which could lead to isolated flash floods and mudslides.

Reporting by Robert Edison Sandiford in Christ Church, Barbados; Additioanl reporting by Anthony Esposito in Mexico City; Additional reporting by Nakul Iyer in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Heavens, William Maclean

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