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Posted July 08, 2005 by YoungCuban in Cuban Culture

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I am in contact with friends & family all over Cuba who have internet access in many different areas in Cuba.

Early today it was reported to me that Hurricane Dennis had lifted roofs off of homes,downed powerlines and trees in the Matanza and Santa Clara region,in Santa Clara a down live powerline had been flaring up and sparking,I believe that area no longer has electricity as my contact was cut off with no further email or chat room response.

Manzanillo reports high winds and major rainfall with flooding in some areas.

Havana- Some areas of Havana have their power flickering on and off,high gust winds are evident,waves hitting the Malecon wall have been reported to reach be as high as 8-10 ft as sea water covers the Malecon strip of streets.

Pinar Del Rio - On and Off power,high winds and mainly palm tree leaves falling and flying around as for the most part of Cuba.

Other reports on other forums who are tracking the storm as well with friends in Cuba giving an eyewitness report, are that Playa Larga may be completely devastated and with a strong possibilty that Jaguey Grande has been hit very hard.

New: in coming reports show that Dennis may spare the Matanza region (city) and head straight into Havana and surrounding areas before Havana as Dennis has moved slightly towards the west.

Varadero- Although Dennis seems to have spared the biggest tourist area in all of Cuba, some vacationers did evacuate with protest from citizens who are also awaiting transport out of the region,reports say a half filled bus that evacuated tourist did not stop to load the bus fully to transport Cubans out of the area-it is said as the bus passed the toll plaza in Varadero that Cubans were protesting because the half empty bus would not stop to pick them up.

I will be keeping everyone updated here and on other forums as reports are able to come in.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on July 08, 2005 by YoungCuban with 409 total posts

    Havana contacts are reporting that Dennis may hit Havana head on,evacuations have begun for residents who live along on the seawall of the Malecon,upper floor tenants of Vedado also are being evacuated as well as notiable hotels such as Melia Cohiba,Capri,Fosca and the Riviera.

    Reports from Matanza say young Cubans maybe loitering Government stores in La Plaza area.

    Tragedy has been reported that someone may had commited suicide off of the Calixto Garcia bridge in Matanza,apparently a male Cuban plunged to his death. Not 100% confirmed.

    Also in the Marina area of Matanza,reports say some homes have collapased,right now they dont know for sure of anyone were in the homes or if any deaths or injuries have occured.

    Cienfuegos was hit hard,but I have no extact report of what kind of damages have been done by Dennis.

    Cell phones seem to be operating for the moment.

  2. Follow up post #2 added on July 09, 2005 by YoungCuban with 409 total posts

    TV apparently cannot be seen even in homes that have electricity.

  3. Follow up post #3 added on July 09, 2005 by YoungCuban with 409 total posts

    Matanza- Sewers are backed up and a possible main waterline may have errupted.

    Its is said water,telephone and electricity have all now been cut off or lost for most of the country.

  4. Follow up post #4 added on July 09, 2005 by YoungCuban with 409 total posts

    The eye of Dennis is near Guines,Habana.

  5. Follow up post #5 added on July 09, 2005 by loving wife with 2 total posts

    I too worry - I have a great husband hunkering down in Havana while I watch all reports here in Canada - it is hard to get “real” news here - even the “National Hurricane Center” AKA USA is vague and concentrating on the Florida Keys weather.  My heart goes out to all of you if and when you get this message.
    PDT 11:31 July 8/05

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