(CMR) A tornado that hit the Cuban capital, Havana, Sunday night has left three people dead and 172 injured. Strong winds and torrential rainfall battered parts of Cuba, including the capital city of Havana, on Sunday night.
Early reports indicate that a tornado tore through parts of Havana during the overnight hours, causing severe damage.
Dramatic photos show debris covering cars and flooding in coastal zones of the city.Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel visited emergency crews around the city overnight and wrote on Twitter that the damage was “severe.”
Strong winds damaged buildings and caused flooding in low-lying areas of Havana, according to a government statement, with the provinces of Pinar del RĂo, Artemisa and Mayabeque also affected. The AFP news agency reported winds of up to 62 miles per hour.
The Cuban Meteorological Institute will evaluate the extent of the damage and the intensity of the storm in the next few hours, the statement said.
Cuban actor Luis Silva said he was driving with his wife and children when the tornado struck.
“I had to avoid fallen trees, floods, strong winds. Until I was able to get home!” he wrote in an Instagram post. “We had a big scare.”
Early Monday morning, President Miguel Diaz-Canel posted photos and details of the damage to his Twitter after walking through the hardest-hit areas.
The island nation regularly suffers extreme weather events such as hurricanes and Atlantic storms.
It sits in the Caribbean Sea, which is vulnerable to hurricanes from June 1 to November 30.
In September 2017, 10 people died in Cuba as a result of Hurricane Irma, with seven of these deaths in Havana, according to state television.
Irma made landfall in Cuba as a Category 5 storm, blasting into seaside towns and causing flooding in low-lying areas of Havana. Winds of 125 mph whipped roofs off buildings, ripped trees from the ground and forced evacuations along the coast.