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Rare tornado kills 3, injures 172 in Havana

Rare tornado kills 3, injures 172 in Havana
A photo of a vehicle overturned by the tornado tweeted by Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (photo credit: @DiazCanelB/Twitter)

A rare tornado touched down in Havana overnight Sunday (Jan. 27), killing three and injuring more than 170, according to reports from Cuban authorities.

CTV News reported that the storm slammed the eastern region of the Cuban capital with heavy rains and winds, knocking down powerlines and flipping cars; eyewitnesses reported that a funnel cloud was seen touching down in the centre of the city’s Reparto Modelo neighbourhood.

Photos tweeted by Havana residents, as well as by Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, illustrated the devastation of the storm, with scenes of overturned vehicles and downed trees littering the streets.

While it is yet to be determined whether any Canadians were among those injured or killed, the Government of Canada is advising Canadians in the region to follow the advice of local authorities.

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