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Hard blows from Elsa


Hard blows from Elsa

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The all-clear for Barbados was given just before 5 p.m. yesterday, but not before Hurricane Elsa unleashed her fury across the country, leaving many roofless houses, downed power lines, fallen trees, blocked roads and debris strewn across many districts.

They were simply no match for the might of Hurricane Elsa as she struck Barbados in the early hours of yesterday, waking many from their slumber.

The Category 1 hurricane, which was later downgraded to a tropical storm, dumped between six to eight inches of rain and packed sustained winds of 60 to 87 miles per hour, according to Met Office reports during the day.

By afternoon, many people were out surveying the damage and pondering their next move. In some parts of St Joseph and St Andrew, residents were left without roofs and were struggling to pick up the pieces. Still, they were thanking God for life.

In the north, some houses were ruined and more than 20 severely damaged. (CLM)

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Hard blows from Elsa
The breadfruit tree in Allen View which blocked the road to Harrison’s Cave. (Picture by Jameel Springer.)