Hurricane “Irma” hit the Havana

Malecon, archive photo

Operating in the Caribbean hurricane “Irma” fell to Cuba. According to TASS, the heavy waves struck on Saturday, September 9, at El malecón. Eight-kilometer promenade and adjacent streets are closed for vehicles and deserted.

The eye of the hurricane didn’t come to Havana is closer than 200 kilometers, but in the city all day squally wind was blowing and it was raining. Many coastal areas were flooded. In many parts of the city stopped the supply of electricity, telephone service is intermittent. A few days before the approaching “Irma” employees of public utilities conducted the preparatory work. From coastal areas evacuated about 10 thousand people. Airport of Havana josé martí is closed.

Hurricane reached the territory of Cuba, near the island of Cayo Romano at the North-Central province of camagüey. At that time he was the fifth category on a scale of the National center for prevention of storms USA. On Saturday, “Irma”, weakened to the third category, was held in the North of the country, causing serious damage to the tourist infrastructure on the Islands Cayo Coco and Cayo Santa Maria. All the tourists were evacuated in advance. Hardest hit provinces of camagüey and Ciego de ávila. The hurricane uprooted trees, felled a support of power lines, tore roofs off houses.

Meteorologists say that the hurricane of this power for the first time fell to Cuba in 1932. However, according to preliminary data, the human victims managed to be avoided.

Currently, the hurricane is moving toward the Southeast States of the USA.