(CUBA) — As Hurricane Ian nears Florida, Cuba is left demolished after the almost Cat. 5 storm reportedly leaves 11 million people without power.
The hurricane made landfall Tuesday morning in the Pinar Del Rio province of Cuba as a Cat. 3.
Hurricane Ian has just passed through Cuba leaving 1 million people without electricity. President @DiazCanelB is already in Pinar del Rio, the hardest hit province. Not one life was lost! 50K people were evacuated, crops were protected & emergency support is on hand. pic.twitter.com/Nf9yGd4axD
— Manolo De Los Santos (@manolo_realengo) September 27, 2022
Lázaro Guerra, technical director of the Electric Union of Cuba, confirmed the failure in the nation’s power grid, saying in a statement that ‘teams would work through the night and early Wednesday to restore power.’
Many Cuban residents documented the devastating aftermath on social media, showing flooded streets and dismantled homes caused by Ian’s 127mph wind speed and life-threatening storm surge.
— Leonardo Feldman (@LeoFeldmanNEWS) September 28, 2022
“It was apocalyptic, a real disaster,” said Hirochi Robaina from the Robaina Tobacco plantation on Facebook.
“I spent the hurricane at home with my husband and the dog,” Cuban resident Mercedes Valdés told outlets. “The masonry and zinc roof of the house had just been installed. But the storm tore it down. We couldn’t rescue our things … we just ran out.”
— Koop News (@Koopwines) September 27, 2022
Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall as a possibly historic Cat.5 in Southwest Florida, bringing catastrophic storm surge, flooding, and winds.