Rare tornado kills at least 4, injures more than 190 in Havana, Cuba

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
January 30, 2019, 1:35:09 AM EST


Strong winds and torrential rainfall battered parts of Cuba, including the capital city of Havana, on Sunday night.

Amid the stormy weather, a powerful tornado ripped through parts of the city causing significant damage.

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A truck is toppled against a home after a tornado in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

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People survey the damage left behind by a tornado in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

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A home's kitchen is exposed after a tornado ripped the roof off in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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A car overturned by a tornado lays smashed on top of a street pole in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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A man takes pictures of the disaster left behind by a tornado in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

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Zinc plates from the roofs of homes are wrapped around a tree after a tornado in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

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A piece of zinc metal that a tornado ripped from a structure lays over electricity lines in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.

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A woman takes pictures of the disaster left behind by a tornado in Havana, Cuba, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019.


The severe weather has been blamed for at least four deaths while more than 190 others have been hospitalized with varying injuries, according to Reuters.

The tornado has been classified as an F-3 by the Cuban Center for Meteorology, with estimated winds of 155-199 mph.

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Sunday night's tornado is the strongest to strike Cuba in nearly 80 years, since a Category F4 tornado struck town of Bejucal in December 1940.

Early Monday morning, President Miguel Diaz-Canel posted photos and details of the damage to his Twitter after walking through the hardest-hit areas.


Other reports from the city indicated that cars were overturned, trees were uprooted and homes were damaged by the severe weather.

As of Monday afternoon around 500,000 people were still without power and 200,000 were without water as emergency crews continued repairs following the storm.


Damage to Hijas de Galicia Maternity Hospital forced patients and staff to evacuate shortly after the storm on Sunday night.

Dry weather is forecast in Havana from Wednesday into Friday, aiding in cleanup and recovery efforts following the storm.

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