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Tropica Storm Elsa producing strong waves at the Malecón in Santo Domingo on Saturday. Photo: Erika Santelices/AFP via Getty Images

Officials in Cuba evacuated 180,000 residents amid concerns about flooding from the deadly Tropical Storm Elsa, as it brushed along the nation's southern region on Monday, per AP.

The latest: Elsa was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 mph 245 miles southeast of Havana about 2a.m. Monday and was expected to weaken while passing over central Cuba later in the day before heading toward the Florida Straits in the evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.

What to expect: The storm is forecast to pass near the Florida Keys early Tuesday and move near or over parts of Florida's west coast of Florida on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • "Slight restrengthening is possible after Elsa moves over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico," the National Hurricane Center said.

State of play: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) on Saturday declared a state of emergency in 15 counties including Miami-Dade, where crews conducted a controlled demolition to remove the parts of a Surfside, Florida, condo that partially collapsed last month.

The big picture: Elsa strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane on Friday before weakening into a tropical storm Saturday.

  • Two people died as the storm lashed the Dominican Republic Saturday, AP notes. Another death and substantial damage was also reported in St. Lucia.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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The Great Red Spot seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Photo: NASA/ESA/STScI

The winds of one of the most recognizable storms in the solar system — Jupiter's Great Red Spot — are speeding up.

Why it matters: This weather report for another world is possible because the Hubble Space Telescope has been keeping a close eye on the storm for more than 10 years.

How the ivory-billed woodpecker's extinction impacts Florida

Ivory billed woodpecker and willow oak (20th century). Courtesy: State Archives of Florida

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the ivory-billed woodpecker, which once ranged across Florida and the rest of the Southeast, extinct, AP reports.

Why it matters: Reports of sightings in recent decades launched a flurry of searches in the swamps of Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Florida — but they were ultimately fruitless.

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The Automated Ball-Strike system (ABS), the tech powering what's colloquially known as robo-umps, is inching ever closer to the big leagues.

Driving the news: The independent Atlantic League — which has partnered with MLB since 2019 — last week announced it was doing away with robo-umps after testing them for the past season-and-a-half.