Many Havana homes did not stand up well to Irma. But in the capital, the problem is complicated by the age of buildings, poor maintenance, a lack of resources, the ravages of salt, and a housing deficit.
President Trump deserves credit for denouncing the regimes of Venezuela and Cuba in his first speech to the United Nations. But his message will come across as contradictory amid a “Trump doctrine” that turns its back on a bipartisan tradition by U.S. presidents to make democracy and human rights pillars of U.S. foreign policy.
Photos and videos from the island that circulated across the digital platform Sunday showed Havana residents walking through waist-high water, felled trees and electric lines, and a sea that covered the streets for several blocks inland.
Cuba was hit by Hurricane Irma on Friday and recorded “heavy flooding” on the north-west coast, from Matanzas to Havana, with waves of between 19 and 30 feet, reported the Cuban Meteorological Institute.
Hurricane Irma was about 80 miles from Caba Lucrecia, Cuba, on Friday morning, September 8, with 150mph winds. Forecasters said a Sunday morning landfall in south Florida was likely for the Category 4 storm.
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