Nine missing off the coast of Florida due to the sinking of a boat during Tropical Storm Elsa



Nine missing off the coast of Florida due to the sinking of a boat during Tropical Storm Elsa


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Nine missing off the coast of Florida due to the sinking of a boat during Tropical Storm Elsa

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Tropical Storm Elsa is sweeping the west coast of florida with hurricane-force winds, heavy downpours and storm surge, and it made landfall Tuesday morning near Big Bend, a swampy area north of the peninsula in Taylor County.

Its passage through the keys as a hurricane force did not cause considerable damage, but the Coast Guard reported the sinking of a boat in the waters south of those islands, an area frequented by rafts of Cuban immigrants. There are so far 15 people rescued and nine missing, according to rescue teams.

A freighter rescued two people in the dark and choppy waters of the tropical storm, alerting the Coast Guard at 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, as reported by the Sun Sentinel newspaper. In total, 15 people have been rescued, according to this body, with the help of another private boat, about 25 miles southeast of Key West.

The tropical storm was sweeping that area at that time with sustained winds of 70 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center, and at eight o’clock at night it strengthened to become a category 1 hurricane. No details are yet known of who the people are. rescued and what were their circumstances.

Elsa continued northward in the hours afterward, parallel to the west coast of Florida, about 35 miles from the mainland, threatening to gain strength again to become a hurricane before making landfall.

It was dragging sustained winds of 65 miles per hour with gusts of up to 90 miles per hour in its center on Wednesday morning, off the coasts of St. Petersburg and Tampa.

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“We have received no reports of significant damage,” Governor Ron DeSantis told The Weather Channel on Tuesday, “there have been sporadic examples. [de daños] in homes and some other things ”.

The hurricane watch remains in effect on the west coast of Florida from Chassahowitzka to the Steinhatchee River in the Big Bend area. Between three and six inches of rain is expected, with highs of up to nine in the northwest of the peninsula, with the possibility of flooding on Wednesday morning.






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Storm surge could reach up to five feet high on the coasts, for which a tropical storm alert has been activated due to the mortal risk that this entails.

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