Reports from Cuba: Hurricane Ian moves on while the damage is just being assessed in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez reports in 14yMedio from Havana via Translating Cuba:

Hurricane Ian Moves On, While the Damage is Just Being Assessed in Cuba

Our Plumeria Rubra, “natural weather vane” on this 14th floor, lost several branches, its flowers and many leaves. 

Thanks to everyone who worried about us. We are fine. It has been hard: part of our house was flooded, we suffered very intense gusts of wind and we felt a lot of fear, but now the rain and the wind are decreasing. Our Newsroom has only suffered minor damage and in our neighborhood we can see fallen trees, branches and objects in the streets.

Others, especially in Pinar del Río, have not had the same luck. What a hug of solidarity for all of them in this difficult time!

We can only begin to know the extent of the damage starting tomorrow. Here in the Cuban capital we have heard firefighter’s sirens on several occasions, we have friends without telephone coverage and a good part of the city is without electricity. Wound upon wound, damage upon damage.

Our Plumeria Rubra, a “natural weather vane” on this 14th floor, lost several branches, its flowers and many leaves. Its location in a large flowerbed prevents it from being taken in when a cyclone hits, but it is strong and will be reborn… so will we.

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