Irma in Cuba: no pretty pictures

Town in Villa Clara province

From The Daily Mail:

Devastating pictures show the misery Hurricane Irma has inflicted on parts of Cuba.

The Category 5 storm hit eastern parts of the island nation on Friday and Saturday as it carried on a destructive path from the Caribbean to the south coast of Florida.

More than one million of the 11million residents were evacuated while 120mph winds and 30ft waves wreaked havoc across larges swathes of the country.

Now, they will return to complete devastation, and some areas may have to wait weeks until the floods subside.

Havana’s Malecon gets pounded

Havana, the nation’s capital, is experiencing flooding and high coastal waves. However, it is not expected to sustain significant damage. Thousands of tourists on the island were brought to Havana for safety.

Cuban media reports do suggest extensive damage in other parts of the country.

One resident of Nuevitas, a large port town that is a 7-hour drive east from Havana, told the Washington Post: ‘The streets are full of rubble. There are houses with their roofs ripped off. Even the oldest trees in town have been knocked down.’

Havana “mildly” touched by Irma

Irma barreled in for a direct hit at Ciego de Avila province around midnight and left Caibairen and most other areas in that region without power.

Choppy seas, grey skies, sheets of rain, bending palm trees, huge waves crashing over sea walls and downed power lines filled the state run television’s evening newscast on Friday night.

Winds as fast as 124 mph blew through Caibarien on Saturday morning, CNN reports. Waves as high as 30 feet have battered the north coast.

Damage in Caibarien

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