Elsa Strengthens into Season’s 1st Hurricane in Caribbean
A hurricane warning was in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Elsa strengthened into the first hurricane of the Atlantic season on Friday as it battered the eastern Caribbean, where officials closed schools, businesses and airports, and it appeared headed eventually for Florida or the U.S. Gulf Coast. Heavy rains and winds lashed Barbados as the Category 1 storm headed for islands including St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which are struggling to recover from recent massive volcanic eruptions. Elsa was…