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Hurricane Ian caused extensive damage, flooding, and a massive blackout on its way through the western part of Cuba.
Cuban authorities reported this on Tuesday afternoon The power outage left the entire island without power.
“The national electrical system has an exceptional case, 0 electricity generation (Without electricity service in the country), this complex situation is linked to the complex weather conditions that have affected the infrastructure of the national electrical system,” the Cuban Electricity Union said in a statement.
The state electricity company said, “The fault exists in the western, central and eastern connections, and it is a complex process that is carefully working to restore it, and the electrical system will be restored gradually between tonight and the beginning of tomorrow morning.”
Before Hurricane Ian passed, the power outage had already begun A daily problem for millions of Cubanswho live resigned themselves to how the current goes out more and more and for more hours.
This Tuesday also learned that aAt least one person died from the effects of the cyclone. This is a 43-year-old woman whose house collapsed.
Category 3 hurricanes on the Saffir-Simpson Scale He made landfall on the island in the early hours of Tuesday Hours later to go out to sea again in the direction west of the Florida peninsula in the United States.
Ian left in Cuba and suffered winds of up to 185 km/h and storms They reached more than 200,000m/h At some points, according to the records of the Institute of Meteorology (Insmet).
The province of Pinar del Río, in the far west of the country, was hardest hit by “extensive damage”, the Cuban presidential office reported via Twitter.
It was produced there Damage to homes and businessesTrees fell and roads were cut off, according to authorities, although specific damage assessments have not yet been published.
Pictures that are circulated in official media and social networks Witness the ferocity of Ianwith ruined roofs, trees and structures giving way to the force of winds and floods in several locations.
About 50,000 people have been evacuated, mostly in Pinar del Río province.
The Cuban authorities announced that they had prepared brigades in response to the relocation from other provinces to the western region and the attempt to restore electricity and communications services.
In Havana, one of six provinces under hurricane alert, there were moderate rain With some severe flashes and a large part of the city without power on Tuesday morning.
Expectations indicate that Ian You will continue to gain strength It is heading across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida, where mandatory evacuations have already begun.
It is expected to hit the west coast of Florida on Wednesday.
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