Hurricane Ian causes major material damage as it passes through Cuba

Ian landed through Cuba at 03:24 local time (07:24 GMT) The Coloma (southwest), with maximum sustained winds in excess of 200 km/h, moving at less than 20 km/h (km/h) in a northerly direction.

Heavy and intense rain has fallen in Cuba in the past 24 hours, reaching a maximum of 108.3 millimeters (mm) (or liters per square meter) at the Cuba-France Friendship weather station on the Isle of Youth (southwest).

Hurricane winds have also been observed in the western third of the island. The strongest streak was 208 km/h in the city of San Juan y Martínez.

De Insmet has reported severe flooding along the coast in some points of Pinar del Río -particularly in the Gulf of Guanahacabibes- and moderately in the south of the Island of Youth and other western points.

In connection with the eye of the hurricane, 32 kilometers in diameter, a rest of 48 minutes to one and a half hours was also recorded.

The eye came out all the way Gulf of Mexico along the northwestern Cuban coast around 11:40 local time (15:40 GMT) through Puerto Esperanza, after a slight weakening of land transit.

However, Insmet expects Ian to regain his strength in the coming hours and even considers it likely that he will reach category four.

Havana, the country’s largest city, is not on the front lines of Ian’s destruction, but has also been hit by the hurricane.

The capital has been dealing with heavy rains and strong winds – up to 100 km/h – since Tuesday morning, which could lead to accidents due to the poor general condition of their homes.

However, Ian’s effects will be felt for hours in Cuba, with heavy rain and strong wind expected all day and outages lasting through Wednesday.

Source: El heraldo