A rare and powerful tornado that struck Havana killed three people and left 172 injured, Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said early on Monday.
Damage to the Cuban capital from the late Sunday tornado was severe. The tornado overturned vehicles, uprooted trees, knocked down lampposts, and left part of the city in the dark.
As emergency sirens blared across the city, firefighters and ambulances rushed about on rescue missions, their flashing lights giving light to blacked out areas.
“As of now we mourn the loss of three human lives and 172 injured people are receiving aid”, Diaz-Canel tweeted.
He added that several emergency teams were working hard to restore power to blacked-out areas. Several buildings have been evacuated due to storm damage. The tornado, spawned by a powerful storm that originated in the Gulf of Mexico, hit western Cuba with winds of up to 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour.
The tornado “caught me in the street, in the car with my wife and children,” actor Luis “Panfilo” Silva wrote on his social media account.
“I had to dodge fallen trees, flooded areas and strong winds until I managed to get home. We experienced great fear,” he wrote.