Like in a movie: 3 dead and 174 injured after Havana, Cuba was hit by a monster storm, ‘devastating’ the city with severe winds and heavy rain overnight… And with locals saying the storm sounded like a ‘jet engine’.
You remember Hurricane Irma and its sound? Well it seems that this terrifying loc noise was heard in Havana, Cuba on January 27, 2019, when a furious TORNADIC storm hit the capital city overnight.
The RARE killer tornado ripped through the heart of Havana devastating homes, crushing cars and cutting off power supplies to thousands of locals.
The horror twister has left at least three people dead and dozens more injured, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez revealed this morning. “The damage is severe, so far we regret the loss of three human lives and are treating 172 injured,” he said on Twitter:
Estamos recorriendo lugares afectados por fenómeno atmosférico de gran intensidad en Regla. Los daños son severos, hasta el momento lamentamos la pérdida de 3 vidas humanas y se atienden 172 heridos. Varias brigadas trabajando ya en el restablecimiento #SomosCuba pic.twitter.com/mPo9yAnaZy— Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez (@DiazCanelB) January 28, 2019
According to reports from the scene, the affected neighbourhoods include Santo Suárez, Luyanó, Vía Blanca, Regla and Chibás.
The shocking storm hit on Sunday evening bringing gusts of more than 60mph, heavy rain and hail.
Images posted online show dozens of crushed cars and roads blocked by fallen buildings, trees and lamp posts.
One resident compared the storm – which struck at 8.45pm on Sunday night – to a Hollywood disaster movie, adding: “The ambulance and police sirens have not stopped. We are in the dark. Everything looks desolate, like in a science fiction movie.“
At around 1am local time, Canal Habana journalists reported many parts of Havana – home to two million people – were still without electricity.
Tornadoes are pretty rare in Cuba, which is well used to being lashed by hurricanes and fierce Atlantic storms.