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Tropical Storm Elsa Poised to Make Landfall in Florida




Tallahassee, 7 Jul (ONA) --- Tropical Storm Elsa, which has weakened from the first hurricane of the season, is poised to make landfall on the west coast of Florida today.


A warning is in force for a 200-mile (300km) stretch of the Gulf Coast north of Tampa Bay.


The storm battered Cuba with mudslides and floods.


Earlier, it tore across the Dominican Republic and St Lucia, killing at least three people and damaging hundreds of buildings.


After passing across Florida, Elsa is expected to hit the US states of Georgia and South Carolina.


Elsa is forecast to make landfall along the north Florida Gulf coast by later today and then move across the south-eastern United States through Thursday," the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in an update.

Late last week, Elsa carved a swathe of destruction in the Caribbean. In the Dominican Republic, at least two people died when walls collapsed in high winds.


One person also died on the island of St Lucia, while Barbados reported damage to hundreds of homes, the BBC news reported.

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