Cuba evacuates 180,000 as Tropical Storm Elsa nears island

Cuba has evacuated 180,000 people amid fears that Tropical Storm Elsa could cause heavy flooding as it passes over the island Monday, after battering several Caribbean islands, killing at least three people.
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HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has evacuated 180,000 people amid fears that Tropical Storm Elsa could cause heavy flooding as it passes over the island Monday, after battering several Caribbean islands, killing at least three people. The Cuban government opened shelters and moved to protect sugarcane and cocoa crops ahead of the storm, which was offshore Sunday night moving along Cuba’s southern coast and is forecast to cross central Cuba on Monday.

The storm’s next target is Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency in 15 counties, including in Miami-Dade County, where a high-rise condominium building collapsed last week. Elsa was a Category 1 hurricane until Saturday morning, causing widespread damage in several eastern Caribbean islands Friday.

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