HAVANA, Feb. 6th. The deterioration of the weather in Havana during the afternoon of this Monday, as a consequence of the arrival of a cold front, generated penetrations of the sea that caused flooding in the north of the city. According to the Forecast Center of the Institute of Meteorology (INSMET), the cold front has been producing strong winds in the west, with speeds between 35 and 50 km/h and these conditions will continue this Tuesday.
Users on social networks published images of the rising waters due to the penetration of the sea on Havana’s Malecón reported the Cubadebate portal.
The first secretary of the Communist Party in Havana, Luis Antonio Torres Iríbar, and governor Yanet Hernández Pérez chaired a meeting of the Temporary Working Group on Monday with a view to the weather situation that affects localities in the city, but without offering information on the damage caused so far.
Dr. Miriam Teresita Llanes, head of the INSMET Forecasting Center, explained that waves with a height of three to four meters are predicted for this Tuesday, which further complicates the situation.
According to the forecasts, the rains may decrease in the afternoon in the West, but there will be light and moderate penetrations of the sea.
Torres Iríbar ordered the measures planned at this stage to be expedited to avoid loss of human life and material.
The directorates of Urban Mobility and Road Safety of Transportation in Havana reported on Facebook that fallen trees were reported in the Plaza de la Revolución municipality, including a palm tree on Avenida Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, and that Avenida Malecón is closed to road traffic. and its access roads from Calzada to Prado.
Community brigades worked in the sewer of Villalón Park on 3rd and D and the Malecón Habanero. The uncollected garbage that accumulates in the streets makes this urgent work more complex. With floods, images of water surrounded by filth always come to light in Havana.
Iríbar called to work for the “rapid recovery of the electrical problems”, but without specifying the extent of the damage.
In Sancti Spíritus on Monday afternoon, a total of 104 interruptions were reported throughout the province. The occurrence of rains with strong winds caused damage to several primary circuits and 33 kV lines, according to a note published on the Telegram channel of the aforementioned entity, cited by the Escambray newspaper.
The ISMET predicted strong storm surges on both western coasts and storm surges on the rest of the coasts for this Tuesday. On the northern western coast, there will be moderate coastal flooding in low-lying areas, including the Havana coast, as Llanes pointed out at the capital’s Government meeting.
The report announces the western south possible light coastal flooding in the south of Pinar del Rio and Isla de la Juventud, as well as in the gulfs of Ana María and Guacanayabo.