Power has been restored in parts of Cuba after Hurricane Ian battered the western end of the island, over the province of Pinar del Rio, during the evening of Sept. 26.
The storm brought Category 3 force winds before exiting the country the next morning, resulting in structural damage in some areas.
Widespread blackouts were reported after the island’s electrical system collapsed after one of the country's main power plants could not be brought back online. Power in Cuba has now been restored in some parts, reports say.
According to an update released by the Cuba Tourist Board on Wednesday (Sept. 28), there were no resorts in the neighbouring areas impacted by the hurricane and none of the hotel zones were impacted.
Airports on the island are also open and “the country is fully operational,” the tourist board stated.
Clarifying the power situation
In a statement yesterday, Lessner Gomez, director of The Cuba Tourist Board in Toronto, clarified the local power situation, noting that local hotel infrastructure wasn’t severely damaged by the storm.
“We want to reassure Canadians that the hotels are open 100 per cent with no damages,” he said. “The hotels have their own generators and they are operating normally.”
Hurricane Ian has since made its way to Florida, where theme parks and cruise lines have adjusted their operations accordingly.
Reports say the storm made landfall near Cayo Costa, an island off the coast of Fort Myers, on Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane.
Since then, winds have weakened to 65 mph, downgrading the system to a tropical storm as it moved over central Florida on Thursday.