Cuba surveys toppled houses, flooded cities in wake of Irma

2017-09-10 07:22
(Noaa, Rammb via AFP)

(Noaa, Rammb via AFP)

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Caibarien — Hurricane Irma ripped roofs off houses and flooded hundreds of miles of coastline as it raked Cuba's northern coast after devastating islands the length of the Caribbean in a trail of destruction that has left 22 people dead so far.

As Irma left Cuba late Saturday and directed its 195km/h winds toward Florida, authorities on the island were assessing the damage and warning of staggering damage to keys off the northern coast studded with all-inclusive resorts and cities, as well as farmland in central Cuba.

There were no immediate reports of deaths in Cuba - a country that prides itself on its disaster preparedness - but authorities were trying to restore power, clear roads and warning that people should stay off the streets of Havana because flooding could continue into Monday.

Read more on:    cuba  |  hurricane irma  |  weather  |  floods
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