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Tornado hits Havana; Cuban president says 3 dead, 174 hurt

Posted at 5:58 AM, Jan 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-28 05:58:02-05

A tornado hit several neighborhoods in Havana overnight on January 28, disrupting electrical power and damaging buildings and cars.  (Photo by ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

HAVANA, Cuba — Cuba’s president says a tornado in eastern Havana has killed three people and injured 174 others.

The Cuban capital was battered late Sunday and early Monday by powerful winds and heavy rains. A blackout hit many Havana neighborhoods around 9 p.m.

Early Monday, President Miguel Diaz-Canel posted photos of himself on Twitter with rescue workers besides what appeared to be a vehicle overturned by the storm. Little further information about the storm appeared in state media.

Photos posted by Cuban media and Havana residents on Twitter showed cars crushed by fallen light posts and cars trapped in floodwaters around the city. One local radio station said on Twitter that the neighborhoods of Regla and 10 de Octubre and the town of San Miguel de Padron had been affected by the tornado.