Cuba without power after Hurricane Ian destroyed the power grid

HAVANA — Hurricane Ian cut power across Cuba on Tuesday and devastated some of the country’s main tobacco farms as it struck the western tip of the island as a major hurricane.

Cuba’s Electric Union said in a statement that it is working to gradually restore service to the country’s 11 million residents between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The power went out first in the western provinces of Cuba, but then the entire power grid collapsed.

Ian made landfall on the west coast of the island as a Category 3 hurricane early Tuesday. It devastated the province of Pinar del Río, where much of the tobacco used to make Cuba’s famous cigars is grown.

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated and others fled the area prior to Ian’s arrival, causing flooding, damaged homes and downed trees. Authorities are still assessing the damage, although no casualties have been reported so far.

Ian’s wind damaged one of Cuba’s most important tobacco farms in La Robaina.

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“It was apocalyptic, a real disaster,” Hirochi Robaina, owner of the farm that bears his name and which his grandfather brought to international fame, posted on social media. He posted photos showing farms in ruins, overturned carts, and wood strewn everywhere.

State media reported that Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel visited the region hardest hit by the hurricane. Cuba without power after Hurricane Ian destroyed the power grid


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