‘This is really a mess’: Cubans pick up the pieces after Hurricane Irma wallops island (VIDEOS)

Sunday, September 10, 2017
By Paul Martin

10 Sep, 2017

Cubans are dealing with the aftermath of deadly Hurricane Irma, the most powerful storm to hit the country since 1932.

Irma was a Category 5 storm, the highest possible ranking on the Saffir–Simpson scale, when it bashed Cuba on Saturday morning.

The hurricane, which had already wrought havoc across the Caribbean and killed 22 people, brought winds of 200kph, uprooting trees, tearing off roofs and leaving widespread flooding in its wake.

The government had ordered the evacuation of more than a million people in advance of the storm landing. Juan Pablo Carreras, a photographer with Cuban news outlet ACN, captured pictures of many of the evacuees taking refuge in underground bunkers in advance of Irma’s arrival.

The storm weakened to a Category 3 as it moved north along a 320-km stretch of the coastline.

However, it later regained strength as it moved further north towards Florida. Cubans awoke Sunday morning to find destruction similar to that suffered by other Caribbean islands lashed by the powerful storm.

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