Mexico Expresses Solidarity With Cuba Over Disastrous Hurricane Irma

Marco Green
September 11, 2017

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Cuba has declared the Hurricane Alarm Phase today in seven provinces in the country, with 5.2 million people (46% of the Cuban population) affected.

Hurricane Irma is lashing Cuba with strong winds and heavy rain after devastating several Caribbean islands.

Irma is expected to make landfall in Florida as an extremely unsafe major hurricane, bringing life-threatening wind impacts to much of the state regardless of the exact track of the center.

During a meeting with Cuba's Civil Defense Council, forecasters said various models project the Category 5 storm - which has sustained winds of around 185 miles per hour - to arrive in Cuban territory in northern Ciego de Ávila province by Friday and skirt the coast before heading northwest toward Florida. These provinces are still recovering from the impact of Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

There have been no reports of deaths or injuries in Cuba from Irma, but the storm continues to pound the north coast of the country's central provinces.

Havana is not in line for a direct hit, but Civil Defense authorities have warned of significant coastal flooding and storm surges from waves crashing over the city's Malecon sea wall, in addition to tropical storm-force winds. Possible flood warnings are also in place for low-lying areas of the southeastern Cuban coast.

More than 320,000 inhabitants in the city, which is World Cultural Heritage, are getting ready, faced with the proximity of the risky hurricane that should hit the Cuban eastern region in the coming hours, according to reports by the Weather Forecast Department.

Institutions, organizations and economic enterprises are implementing the measures foreseen in disaster reduction plans at the provincial and local levels, including the protection of economic and family assets.

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