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Hurricane Ian has caused extensive damage, flooding and massive power outages on its path through western Cuba.
This Tuesday afternoon, Cuban officials made the announcement The power outage left the entire island without power.
“The National Electricity System has an exceptional condition, 0 power generation (Without electricity service in the country), this critical situation is related to the critical weather conditions that have affected the infrastructure of the national electricity system,” the Cuban Electricity Association said in a statement.
“The fault has been given in the western, central and eastern links, it is a complex process, working precisely to restore it, and the power system will be gradually restored from tonight to tomorrow morning,” the state electricity company said.
Before Hurricane Ian passed through, the blackout was already in place A daily problem for millions of CubansA person who lives resignedly to how the current goes out more often and for more hours.
That was also known this Tuesday AAt least one person has died due to the impact of the cyclone. A 43-year-old woman’s house collapsed.
A Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale It made landfall on the island early Tuesday morning After several hours, to head back out to sea west of the Florida peninsula in the United States.
Ian had sustained winds of 185 km/h in Cuba. They reached 200 kgm/h At some point, according to the Institute of Meteorology (INSMET) records.
The Cuban president’s office said on Twitter that Pinar del Rio province, in the country’s west, was the worst hit, with “significant damage.”
were produced there Damage to homes and businessesTrees fell and roads were cut, according to officials, although specific damage estimates have not yet been released.
Images circulating on official media and social media Witness the vigor of IanDamaged roofs, trees and other structures that are prone to the force of wind and flooding.
About 50,000 people were evacuated, most of them in Pinar del Rio province.
Cuban officials announced that they had prepared response forces from other provinces to the western region to try to restore electricity and communications services.
In Havana, one of the six provinces under a typhoon warning, there were Moderate rain Tuesday morning saw some strong winds and much of the city was without power.
Predictions indicate that Ian Will continue to gain strength It is heading across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida, where mandatory evacuations have already begun.
It is forecast to hit the west coast of Florida on Wednesday.
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