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Hurricane Ian cuts power to entire Cuba (video)


Hurricane Ian cut power across Cuba and destroyed some of the country’s most important tobacco plantations when it hit the western tip of the island as a major hurricane yesterday (Tuesday), according to the German news agency.

The Cuban Electricity Union said in a statement that work is underway to gradually restore service to the country’s 11 million residents overnight, according to the American magazine Politico.

About a million people were initially cut off from power in the western provinces of Cuba, but later the entire network collapsed.

Hurricane Ian made landfall over western Cuba as a Category 3 hurricane as it headed toward Florida in what could be the worst storm to hit Tampa in more than a century.

Hurricane Ian’s wind speed jumped to 205 kilometers per hour as it approached Pinar del Rio, Cuba, according to a note issued by the US National Hurricane Center at 5:00 a.m. New York time.

Hurricanes reach the category of major hurricanes or category three on the Saffir-Simpson scale when they reach maximum sustained winds of 182 kilometers per hour.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel warned his country on Monday that it will face a “week of challenges.”