Heavy rains from the storm hit Cuba and the Cayman Islands, which the National Hurricane Center said could cause major mudslides in Cuba.
Two deaths were reported in the Dominican Republic and one in Saint Lucia from the storm, which was a Category 1 hurricane, and Cuba had evacuated 180,000 people on Sunday, the Associated Press reported. However, the worst of the tropical storm missed Havana and it mainly affected rural areas with sustained winds of 50 mph.
The storm is now moving from central and western Cuba to the Florida Keys and the Gulf Coast of Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tropical storm warning to the Ochlockonee River and a warming storm surge from Bonita Beach to the Aucilla River.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned in a Tweeter Sunday that “All Floridians should be prepared for the possibility of heavy rains, flooding and potential power outages.”
“Now is the time to restock your supplies and review your hurricane plan,” he added.
NWS meteorologists predicted Elsa would head east over northern Florida, and they indicated that parts of the coast along Georgia and the Carolinas could also face severe conditions. tropical storm Wednesday and Thursday.