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International News: Desolation and destruction; Over a million people without power in Cuba in aftermath of Hurricane Ian

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Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2022. 1:21 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Over a million people in Cuba are still without power as category 3 Hurricane Ian ravaged through the island early Tuesday, Yahoo reports.

“It has been a terrible morning,” said Yoandy Izquierdo Toledo, an activist from the Independent Convivencia Center, based in the province of Pinar del Río.

“Communication is very difficult, landline and mobile phone services are interrupted”, he said.

Local media in Cuba said that more than a million residents in Pinar del Río and Artemisa have no electricity.

“Desolation and destruction, we lived hours of terror; nothing is left here,” said the father of state journalist Lazaro Manuel Alonso who lives in Pinar del Río.

Hurricane Ian made landfall just after 3 this morning in La Coloma and about 5 a.m., it was just five miles south of the City of Pinar del Río, with sustained winds of 125 mph, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

The hurricane crossed over the province and by 11 a.m. it had emerged over the Gulf of Mexico, according to the NHC.

Authorities in Cuba had ordered the evacuation of 50,000 people in Pinar del Río but relied mostly on residents taking shelter with relatives and friends.

 

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