Hurricane Irma Crashes Across Northern Cuba
On September 8, Hurricane Irma made landfall on Cuba as a destructive Category 5 storm, slowly spinning along its northern coast for hours, before turning north toward Florida. The high winds tore roofs from buildings, uprooted trees, toppled power lines, and blocked roads across central and northern Cuba. Coastal towns and cities were swamped by storm surge waters, leaving parts of Havana submerged as Irma moved on. More than a million residents and tourists had been evacuated ahead of the storm, as a precaution. As of Sunday night, there were no storm-related deaths reported in Cuba.
A flooded street near the Malecon in Havana, Cuba, on September 10, 2017. Deadly Hurricane Irma battered central Cuba on Saturday, knocking down power lines, uprooting trees and ripping the roofs off homes as it headed towards Florida.
Handlers from the Cayo Guillermo dolphinarium prepare dolphins for their transfer to the dolphinarium in Cienfuegos, located on Cuba’s southern coast, just hours before the arrival of Hurricane Irma, on September 8, 2017
Cubans watch the rain during the passage of Hurricane Irma in Caibarien, Villa Clara province, 330km east of Havana, on September 9, 2017.
A man looks from the window at flooded streets, during the passage of Hurricane Irma in Havana, on September 9, 2017.
A huge wave breaks near the Morro Castle in Havana, on September 10, 2017
Waves crash against the seafront boulevard El Malecon ahead of the passing of Hurricane Irma, in Havana, onSeptember 9, 2017.
A rescue team looks for people outside a house on a flooded street in Havana on September 10, 2017.
People move through flooded streets in Havana after the passage of Hurricane Irma, on September 10, 2017.
A flooded street in Havana, on September 10, 2017.
A man wades through a flooded street in Havana, on September 10, 2017.
Residents walk along Havana’s seawall as the ocean crashes into it, after the passing of Hurricane Irma in Havana, on September 10, 2017.
A meal is cooked in a flooded home, after the passing of Hurricane Irma, in Havana, on September 10, 2017.
Cubans clean a Havana street on September 10, 2017.