Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall in Western Cuba Monday afternoon as it barreled toward Florida.Heavy rain from the storm will hit Cuba and the Cayman Islands through Monday night, which the National Hurricane Center warned could cause significant mudslides in Cuba.
This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Monday, July 5, 2021, at 4:50 p.m. EDT, and provided by NOAA, shows Tropical Storm Elsa over western Cuba with strong rain and winds.
(NOAA via AP)Two deaths were reported in the Dominican Republic and one in St. Lucia from the storm, which had been a Category 1 hurricane, and Cuba had evacuated 180,000 people by Sunday, The Associated Press reported. However, the worst of the tropical storm missed Havana and it was mainly affecting rural areas with sustained winds of 50 mph. The storm is expected to batter Central and Western Cuba overnight before it continues to parts of the Florida Keys and Florida’s Gulf Coast Tuesday and Wednesday. SOUTH FLORIDA BRACING FOR TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS AS ELSA NEARSThe National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Tropical Storm Warning up to the Ochlockonee River and a Storm Surge Warming from Bonita Beach to the Aucilla River. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis warned in a tweet on Sunday that “All Floridians should prepare for the possibility of heavy rain, flooding and potential power outages.””Now is the time to restock your supplies and review your hurricane plan,” he added.NWS meteorologists have predicted Elsa will turn east over Northern Florida, and they advised parts of the coast along Georgia and the Carolinas could also face tropical storm conditions on Wednesday and Thursday.
Bill Cosby was released from prison Wednesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated his sexual assault conviction.Cosby, 83, was released from SCI Phoenix in Collegeville, Pa., outside Philadelphia, just before 2:30 p.m, state corrections officials told Fox News.He was seen leaving the prison in a white car shortly afterward and arrived at his home about an hour later to the sounds of a fan shouting “we love you,” a protestor chanting “we believe the women” and the whir of a news helicopter flying overhead. He appeared to flash a “peace” sign with his hand as he exited the car.
Bill Cosby, center, and spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, right, approach members of the media gathered outside Cosby’s home in Elkins Park, Pa., Wednesday, June 30, 2021, after Pennsylvania’s highest court overturned his sex assault conviction.
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Cosby later made a brief appearance outside the home, wearing a T-shirt from a Philadelphia high school he attended and flanked by his attorneys and a spokesperson, but remained silent.Cosby was “overjoyed,” his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, told reporters outside the home.”But as we have always said, this is bigger than Bill Cosby,” Wyatt added. “This is about reforming the criminal justice system.”The disgraced actor, once known as “America’s Dad,” had served more than two years of his three-to-10-year sentence after he was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman at his Cheltenham, Pa. home in 2004.The state’s highest court threw out the disgraced actor’s conviction earlier Wednesday after finding that District Attorney Kevin Steele, the prosecutor who brought the case against Cosby, violated an agreement to not charge him that previous District Attorney Bruce Castor had made in 2005, though the deal had apparently never been put in writing. BILL COSBY’S SEX ASSAULT CONVICTION OVERTURNED BY PENNSYLVANIA COURTThe majority of the split justices wrote in their 79-page opinion that Cosby had been counting on that agreement when he gave testimony in a civil case filed by Andrea Constand, whose accusations also later formed the basis of the criminal case against Cosby.Cosby’s attorneys had previously also argued that testimony from five other women who accused Cosby of assaulting them in the 1980s tainted the trial and that those other accusers should not have been allowed to testify. The justices didn’t weigh in on that issue.
Bill Cosby’s last prison photo was taken in early September 2020. (Pennsylvania Department of Corrections/SCI Phoenix)