Hurricane Irma’s Aftermath In Cuba
Irma made landfall with a Category 5 storm in Cuba wrecking towns and causing flooding in Havana. Monstrous winds whipped roofs off buildings and toppled large trees.
Flash floods and mudslides are expected and authorities will be on alert as rainfall is still relentless
Irma’s landfall began pummeling Caibarién, a small tourist coastal town about 200 miles east of Havana. The town’s main street was flooded by Saturday morning and within hours, the whole town was under several feet of water.
Many residents were forced to evacuate along the coast before the storm hit and all foreigners were urged to evacuate. Those who remained were prepared for any eventuality, though they knew this was a storm like few had ever experienced.
By Sunday, Havana was under waist-level water in some areas. So far there have been 10 deaths reported in Cuba. The government prepared by staging emergency supplies and building equipment ahead of the arrival of the huricane.
Elsewhere in the country, Irma struck the archipelago north of Cuba’s Camaguey and Ciego de Avila provinces with gusts so strong they destroyed an instrument used to measure wind, Cuba’s meteorological agency reported.
Hurricane Irma was the first Category 5 hurricane to hit Camaguey in 85 years, according to the province’s state media.
As Irma advanced over neighboring Ciego de Avila province, waves of between 16- and 23-foott waves (5 to 7 meters) were recorded.