(CMR) Hurricane Elsa battered Barbados early Friday as the first hurricane to hit the island in 65 years moves across the Caribbean. Elsa, which was upgraded to a category one hurricane early Friday, was downgraded again to a tropical storm. However, it has since regained strength and continues to bring showers and winds to the Eastern Caribbean.
According to Barbados Today, there have been reports of widespread families trapped in their homes, collapsed houses, roofs off, damaged homes, power and water outages; however, Minister of Home Affairs, Information and Public Affairs, Wilfred Abrahams, said there were no reports of serious injury or loss of life.
As the system continued to move across the island at 28 miles per hour, the Minister urged residents to open their doors to neighbors impacted by the weather system, Barbados Today reported
“Barbados, please be safe…. Property can be replaced, so exercise your common sense in making your next decision,” he stressed,
Abrahams said the power outages were likely to continue as winds affected the network and grid. He explained that officials would be unable to come out during the adverse weather to correct faults.