Cuba is slammed before Florida by Hurricane Ian

Cuba is slammed before Florida by Hurricane Ian

Hurricane Ian slammed into western Cuba as a major hurricane on Tuesday, knocking out power to one million people, before churning toward Florida over warm Gulf waters with the potential to intensify into a catastrophic Category 4 storm.

Hurricane Ian made landfall in the Cuban province of Pinar del Rio, where officials erected 55 shelters, evacuated 50,000 people, and took precautions to protect crops in the country’s principal tobacco-growing region. The National Hurricane Center of the United States reported that when the hurricane with sustained winds of 125 mph made landfall in Cuba, “severe wind and storm surge impacts” occurred (205 kmh).

On September 27, 2022, in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, a classic car passes by the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian.

As the center of the storm moved towards the Gulf, images of devastation in Cuba’s renowned tobacco region emerged. The owner of the prestigious Finca Robaina cigar company shared photographs of damaged greenhouses, greenhouse roofs, and overturned carts on social media.

The grandson of the operation’s founder, Hirochi Robaina, wrote, “It was apocalyptic, a true catastrophe.”

People walk through a fallen power transformer on September 27, 2022, in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, in the aftermath of Hurricane Georges. Ian. Alexandre Meneghini / REUTERS

Local government station TelePinar tweeted photographs of collapsed ceilings and uprooted trees at Pinar del Rio’s main hospital. There were no fatalities reported.

El director del Hospital Abel Santamaría Cuadrado de #PinardelRío, Orestss Moya Álvarez informó que como consecuencia del paso del #HuracánIan se perciben serias afectaciones estructurales, in la impermeabilización de las cubiertas y en otros espacios del center. #PinardelRo image:

— TelePinar (@TelePinar) September 27, 2022

Hurricane Ian was expected to make landfall along the west coast of the Florida peninsula on Wednesday. As of Tuesday evening, the storm was still churning in the Gulf of Mexico, where warm temperatures facilitated its rapid intensification.

Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. EDT, according to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Ian was approximately 180 miles south-southwest of Punta Gorda, Florida, and 20 miles south-southwest of the Dry Tortugas. A Category 3 hurricane, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and was moving north-northeast at 10 mph.

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