HAVANA, February 9. An area of storms affected the well-known Guanabo beach, east of Havana, this morning, generating in its wake a powerful waterspout,
which made landfall at approximately 10:30 am, causing serious material damage.
According to the report of the Forecast Center of the Cuban Institute of Meteorology (INSMET), the advance of the tenth cold front of the current winter season through areas of the north coast of the western region of Cuba, have increased in the morning hours of today the cloudy ones and there have been numerous showers and rains in this part of the country.
The instability generated by this system, the high humidity content and favourable conditions in the upper troposphere, between 10 and 12 kilometers high, also favoured the occurrence of a severe local storm on the eastern beaches of the capital, in the immediate vicinity. of Guanabo and Boca Ciega, municipality of Habana del Este.
“Around 10:30 in the morning, a waterspout made landfall and turned into a weak tornado. Up to the time of issuing this information, damage to light roofs, trees and power lines has been reported,” indicates the report published by INSMET.
The population quickly recalled that in 2019, in similar weather conditions, the category EF-4 tornado that hit Havana on January 27 was formed. This left a deadly balance of 7 dead and more than 200 injured. In addition, more than 5,000 homes were affected, more than two hundred of these total collapses.
Waterspouts originate in the sea and can generate winds of up to 120 km/h. Some waterspouts are a kind of tornado, either formed over water or formed on land and then passed into the aqueous medium.