But officials said the storm proved too much for the system, triggering an outage that knocked out power for 11.3 million people on the island.
A damaged welcome sign in San Juan y Martinez, Pinar del Río province, Cuba, after the passage of Hurricane Yan on September 27, 2022. Source: Getty / Adalberto Roque
“The system was already operating in difficult conditions after Hurricane Jan,” said Lazaro Guerra, technical director of the Cuban Electric Power Union.
According to local media reports, Iain reached the Cuban province of Pinar del Río early on Tuesday.
A girl lies on her bed in her flooded home in Batabana, Cuba, on September 27, 2022, during the passage of Hurricane Yan. Source: Getty / Yamil Lage
As a result of the storm in the west of Cuba, at least two people were killed, according to state media.
A power pole lies on a street in Consolación del Sur, Cuba, on September 27, 2022, during the passage of Hurricane Yan. Source: Getty / Adalberto Roque / AFP
Havana appeared to have escaped the brunt of the storm, although rain and strong winds uprooted trees, flooded low-lying areas and left many city roads impassable.
Self-employed Alberto Naranjo shows his home destroyed by Hurricane Yan in San Juan y Martinez, Pinar del Río province, Cuba, on September 27, 2022. Source: Getty / Adalberto Roque / AFP
Ian is expected to bring winds of up to 209 km/h and up to 60 inches of rain to the Tampa area on Florida’s Gulf Coast starting early Wednesday evening and ending Thursday evening, the National Weather Service said.
A storm surge along Florida’s Gulf Coast could cause damage ranging from devastating to catastrophic, and some areas could be uninhabitable for weeks or months, the service warned, urging residents to move to safe shelter before the storm arrives.