Weather Alert: Tropical Storm Elsa – U.S. Embassy Havana, Cuba

Location: Cuba

Event:  The National Hurricane Center advises that Tropical Storm Elsa is expected to move away from the southern portion of Haiti early Sunday, and move near Jamaica and portions of eastern Cuba later Sunday morning.  By Monday, Elsa is expected to move across central and western Cuba and head toward the Florida Straits.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts.  Some slight strengthening is possible today as Elsa approaches the south-central coast of Cuba.  However, gradual weakening is forecast to occur tonight and Monday when Elsa moves across Cuba.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor current weather, road and water conditions through news sources such as the National Hurricane Center, as well as local news sources.
  • Visit for tips on emergency preparedness.
  •  U.S. citizen residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Program which enables the Embassy to share both emergency and routine information relevant to Cuba. Enrollment is completed at


U.S. Embassy Havana, Cuba
Phone number:  +(53) (7) 839-4100 and dial 1, then 0 (after hours) 
Email address: 

State Department – Consular Affairs phone number: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444 

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates. 

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