Tornado tears through Havana, killing 3

Winds top 60 mph/100 kph, damaging property and forcing a hospital to evacuate

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A tornado killed three people in Havana overnight. Damage was extensive. Photo: Facebook

The norte that hit Yucatan yesterday was nothing compared to the rare tornado that killed three people in Havana overnight.

The storm cut a path of destruction across eastern Havana, where an additional 172 were injured.

“From one moment to the next, we heard a noise like an airplane falling out of the sky. The first thing I did was go hug my daughters,” who are 9 and 12,
said Julio Menendez, a 33-year-old restaurant worker living in the 10 de Octubre municipality.

A driver, Oster Rodriguez, said the saw a swirling cloud touch down in the central plaza of the Reparto Modelo neighborhood “like a fireball.” He saw a bus blown over, though he said the driver escaped unharmed.

The Daughters of Galicia Hospital was evacuated when its windows were sucked out of their frames by the wind, leaving curtains flapping in the breeze.

Official Cuban media said the city had been hit by winds in excess of 60 mph/100 kph.

The tornado tore the concrete roof off an apartment building in the Regla section of Havana and dumped it into an alleyway, briefly trapping residents in their homes.

Source: Associated Press

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