They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service.
Elsa is expected to strengthen on Tuesday and could be near hurricane strength before it makes landfall.
Search crews at the collapse site worked through the night while dealing with the rain bands and gusty wind from the storm.
Tributes have been pouring in for the director, whose films also included The Goonies and The Omen.
Donner directed 1978's Superman — which is in the National Film Registry — as well as The Goonies and the Lethal Weapon franchise. He was 91.
The filmmaker who turned Christopher Reeve into “Superman” and Mel Gibson and Danny Glover into cop buddies in “Lethal Weapon” has died, his family said Monday through a spokesperson.
Richard Donner, the director and producer known for the original "Superman" film, died on Monday.