Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cuba Flood: Strong winds and waves flooded parts of Havana's iconic Male...



Strong winds and waves flooded parts of Havana's iconic Malecon sea wall on January 23 as Cuba's Caribbean Sea crashed into the coastline. According to Cuba's Meteorological Institute, the freak waves started in the afternoon and are expected to last until January 24. But resident Ana Jimenez was not phased by the strong waves. "We're used to this water phenomenon too, living close to the sea it's always like this. We are strong, we are here," she said.

The strong waves and winds are coming from South Carolina where a tropical low has battered that region of the United States. Winds in Cuba have been estimated at up to 60 km (37 miles) an hour. "It's the saddest thing about life. This is the best and the worst part of life is nature. But it's nature, what can you do," said area resident, Maria Antonia Castellanos. According to local media, the encroaching Caribbean Sea has also reached homes along Havana's coastline. No evacuation orders have been issued to residents or tourists.

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