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    Elsa approaches the southern coast of Matanzas

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    Elsa se aproxima a la costa sur de Matanzas

    During the last hours, the cloudy and rains of tropical storm Elsa have affected the central region, which have become strong and intense in some locations, with the highest accumulated in the province of Sancti Spiritus.

    The Jíbaro weather station has reported an accumulated 152 millimeters in the last 24 hours, of which 127 millimeters between 5 and 8 in the morning;  In Topes de Collantes, in the Escambray 108 millimeters were accumulated in 24 hours, of which 98 millimeters fallen in the last 3 hours.

    At nine in the morning, the center of tropical storm Elsa was estimated at 21.4 degrees North latitude and 80.9 degrees West longitude, about 80 kilometers south of Playa Girón, Matanzas province.

    Elsa maintains a northwest course, at about 22 kilometers per hour and has maximum sustained winds of 100 kilometers per hour, with higher gusts.  Central pressure has risen slightly to 1006 hectoPascal.

    In the next 12 to 24 hours, tropical storm Elsa will continue heading close to the northwest, with a similar speed of translation, although a slight increase in its intensity is possible before making landfall, after noon today, through the Ciénaga de Zapata, on the south coast of Matanzas.  This system must have a subsequent weakening when advancing inland.

    Clouds and rains will continue to affect the central region of the country, which will continue to be strong and intense in some locations, mainly in mountainous areas.  These precipitations will extend to the western region with the advance of the system.  Although the rainfall in the eastern region will decrease, rains and electrical storms are possible, far from the center of Elsa, produced by its more external circulation.

    In the central and western regions, the winds will blow with tropical storm force, with speeds between 60 and 75 kilometers per hour, with superior gusts of up to 100 kilometers per hour.

    The swells will continue throughout the southern coast of Cuba, with slight coastal flooding from the southern coast of Matanzas to the Gulf of Guacanayabo.  On the north western coast there will be tidal waves, with the beginning of light coastal flooding from the night, in low areas of that coast.

    The next tropical cyclone warning will be issued at noon on Monday.