November 27, 2022

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Hurricane Ian Live in Cuba Leaves Flooding, Destruction and Blackouts | Type 3 | A state of emergency has been declared across Florida Insmet | NHC | air | USA | the world

The A category three (out of five) on the Saffir-Simpson scale caused significant property damage in the west on Tuesday. with heavy rain and strong winds, headed north toward Florida (USA), Ian, the fourth hurricane of the season and the first to affect Cuba, destroyed several municipalities in the western third of the island.

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No personal injuries have been reported at this time, but the number of victims is in the tens of thousands. The evacuees alone numbered more than 50,000.

The CycloneAs Efe was able to verify, It tore off roofs, toppled hundreds of trees and power poles against buildings and roads, flooded streets, toppled the towers of two baseball fields, flooded and damaged homes, Factories, fields of crops and warehouses of tobacco leaves.

People walk through a flooded street in Patabano, Cuba, as Hurricane Ian passes through on September 27, 2022. (YAMIL LAGE/AFP).
A downed power pole during the passage of Hurricane Ian in Consolacion del Sur, Cuba, on September 27, 2022.  (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP).
A downed power pole during the passage of Hurricane Ian in Consolacion del Sur, Cuba, on September 27, 2022. (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP).
A man moves part of a metal roof off a street in Consolacion del Sur, Cuba, as Hurricane Ian passes through on September 27, 2022.  (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP).
A man moves part of a metal roof off a street in Consolacion del Sur, Cuba, as Hurricane Ian passes through on September 27, 2022. (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP).

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Land and sea transport has been suspended. The state-owned Electricity Union (UNE) has completely shut down electricity supply in the provinces of Pinar del Rio and Havana to avoid accidents caused by wind gusts of up to 200 kilometers per hour (km/h).

Cuban officials spoke of “considerable” damage at first estimates. President of the country Miguel Diaz-Canel, For his part, he pledged to focus on “all the country’s efforts to immediately clear the damage.” In the afternoon he traveled to Pinar del Rio.

People walk through a flooded street in Patabano, Cuba, as Hurricane Ian passes through on September 27, 2022.  (YAMIL LAGE/AFP).
People walk through a flooded street in Patabano, Cuba, as Hurricane Ian passes through on September 27, 2022. (YAMIL LAGE/AFP).

Despite the fact that Pinar del Rio is an area often hit by hurricanes, all the people Efe spoke with assured that it was the worst weather event they had ever experienced. In the past 20 years, three typhoons have hit Cuba.

A man walks along the Malecón in Havana as Hurricane Ian passes through Cuba on September 27, 2022.  (YAMIL LAGE/AFP).
A man walks along the Malecón in Havana as Hurricane Ian passes through Cuba on September 27, 2022. (YAMIL LAGE/AFP).
Waves break under a dark sky off the coast of Patabano, Cuba.
Waves break under a dark sky off the coast of Patabano, Cuba. / AP/Ramon Espinosa

“I have never seen anything like this in my 62 years. We have lost everything,” he said. Maritza Cueto, who lives in a humble neighborhood that straddles the highway to the city of La Coloma, lamented to Efe.

Héctor Polanco, 32, explained to Efe that the roof of his house, where he lives with his wife and four-month-old son, suddenly collapsed at dawn: “We had to shout ‘help’ for the neighbors to take us. Out.”

The path of Hurricane Ian.  (HNC).
The path of Hurricane Ian. (HNC).

The wind is blowing at a speed of 200 km per hour

Ian made landfall in Cuba via La Coloma (southwest) at 03:24 local time (07:24 GMT), with maximum sustained winds of 200 km/h. Moving less than 20 kilometers per hour (km/h) in a northerly direction.

They have been registered in the last 24 hours Cuba A maximum of 108.3 millimeters (mm) (or liters per square meter) of heavy and heavy rain at the Cuba-France friendly weather station on the Isle of Youth (southwest).

Cyclone winds have also been detected in the western third of the island. There was a strong gust of 208 km/h in the city of San Juan y Martinez.

The Insmet Strong coastal flooding has been reported at some places Pinewood on the river -especially in the Gulf of Guanahacabibes- and other points in the south of Isla de la Juventud in the temperate and west.

A crane helps remove small boats from Havana Bay, Cuba on September 26, 2022.  (YAMIL LAGE/AFP).
A crane helps remove small boats from Havana Bay, Cuba on September 26, 2022. (YAMIL LAGE/AFP).

A lull of 48 minutes to an hour and a half was also recorded, associated with the eye of the 32 kilometer diameter cyclone.

Having weakened slightly during its overland transit, the eye made full contact with the Gulf of Mexico off the northwest Cuban coast at 11:40 local time (15:40 GMT) via Puerto Esperanza.

Storm Ian.  (US National Hurricane Center).
Storm Ian. (US National Hurricane Center).

The Insmet However, he expects Ian to regain strength in the coming hours and thinks it could reach a category four.

HavanaThe nation’s largest city is not on the front lines of destruction IanBut it is affected by cyclone.

Heavy rains and strong winds in the capital – gusting up to 100 kmph since Tuesday morning – could cause accidents due to the poor general condition of their homes.

Workers protect the windows of a gas station with wooden boards in Havana, before the arrival of Hurricane Ian, on September 26, 2022.  (YAMIL LAGE/AFP).
Workers protect the windows of a gas station with wooden boards in Havana, before the arrival of Hurricane Ian, on September 26, 2022. (YAMIL LAGE/AFP).

However, Ioan’s impact will continue to be felt in Cuba for hours, with heavy rain and strong winds expected throughout the day and disturbances that will continue into this Wednesday.

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