A government spokesperson today said that Saint Lucians in Cuba are safe following the passage of a tornado that killed about three people and injured about 174.
The tornado which ripped through eastern Cuba, Sunday and early Monday morning was reported to be a strong one that no one was prepared for. Its sudden eruption of chaos on Sunday left windows blown out, roofs caved in and massive trees toppled, some onto cars.
The strong winds not only caused damage to buildings but also 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 are to evaluate the extent of the damage and the intensity of the storm in the next few hours, the statement said.
Press Secretary to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, Nicole Mc Donald confirmed the safety of Saint Lucians in Cuba, especially students, a large number of which are studying in Cuba in various disciplines.
“Our students are safe and sound. Cuba remains a true dear friend of Saint Lucia,” Mc Donald said.