Updated: 1/31/2019 4:18:53 AM
The tornado that hit Cuba's capital city, Havana on January 27, 2019, had wind speeds of 300 km/h and was rated EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Four people were killed and 195 injured. The tornado touched down between 20:30 and 21:00 local time, and was on the ground for 16 minutes. Its width was initially 500 m but then it increased to 1 000 m with a length of 11.5 km. It moved ashore from the NE, crossing the municipalities of Cerro, 10th October, Guanabacoa, San Miguel del Padron and Regla. This is where most of the material damage from the storm and tornado is concentrated. In addition, parts of these areas are still without basic services such as electricity, water, butane gas and telephony.
Published Monday, January 28, 2019
A tornado that hit the Cuban capital, Havana, Sunday night has left three people dead and 172 injured.
Cuban president Miguel Diaz-Canel visited emergency crews around the city overnight and wrote on Twitter that the damage was "severe."
Strong winds damaged buildings and caused flooding in low-lying areas of Havana, according to a government statement, with the provinces of Pinar del Río, Artemisa and Mayabeque also affected. The AFP news agency reported winds of up to 62 miles per hour.
The Cuban Meteorological Institute will evaluate the extent of the damage and the intensity of the storm in the next few hours, the statement said.
Cuban actor Luis Silva said he was driving with his wife and children when the tornado struck. "I had to avoid fallen trees, floods, strong winds. Until I was able to get home!" he wrote in an Instagram post. "We were so scared."
Locals said the tornado had "the sound of a jet engine," and they felt changes in environmental pressure as it hit, Armando Caymares of Cuba's Institute of Meteorology told AFP.
Havana tornado Facts
Affected Area: 1 km.
Alert Level: Green