HAVANA – Hurricane Ian knocked out power across Cuba and devastated some of the country’s most important tobacco farms on Tuesday when it slammed one on the island’s western tip. major storm,
Cuba’s Electric Union said in a statement that between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, work is being done to gradually restore the service of 110 million people in the country. Electricity was initially cut off in the western provinces of Cuba, but later the entire grid collapsed.
Ian a. made landfall as Category 3 Hurricane off the west coast of the island early Tuesday. It devastated the province of Pinar del Río, where most of the tobacco used to make Cuba’s iconic cigars is grown.
Tens of thousands of people were evacuated and others fled before Ian arrived, causing floods, damage to houses and downed trees. Officials are still assessing the damage, although no casualties have been reported so far.
Ian’s winds damaged one of Cuba’s most important tobacco farms at La Robena.
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“It was the apocalypse, a real disaster,” Hirochi Robena, the owner of the farm that bears his name and known internationally to his grandfather, posted on social media. He published photographs showing farm buildings in rubble, overturned vehicles and wood scattered everywhere.
State media reported that Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has visited the region most affected by the storm.