Rare Tornado in Havana, Cuba, Kills 3 and Injures 172

People walk next to a car overturned by the force of the tornado in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. A tornado and pounding rains smashed into the eastern part of Cuba's capital overnight, toppling trees, bending power poles and flinging shards of metal roofing through the air as the storm cut a path of destruction across eastern Habana.Power was cut to many areas and President Miguel Diaz-Canel said Monday at least three people were killed and 172 injured. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
People walk next to a car overturned by the force of the tornado in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. A tornado and pounding rains smashed into the eastern part of Cuba’s capital overnight, toppling trees, bending power poles and flinging shards of metal roofing through the air as the storm cut a path of destruction across eastern Habana.Power was cut to many areas and President Miguel Diaz-Canel said Monday at least three people were killed and 172 injured. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

A rare tornado that hit the Cuban capital, Havana, on Sunday night has left three people dead and 172 injured.

Dramatic photos show debris covering cars and flooding in coastal zones of the city.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel visited emergency crews around the city overnight and wrote on Twitter that the damage from the tornado was “severe.”

Strong winds damaged buildings and caused flooding in low-lying areas of Havana, according to a government statement, with the provinces of Pinar del Río, Artemisa and Mayabeque also affected. The AFP news agency reported winds of up to 62 miles per hour.

The Cuban Meteorological Institute will evaluate the extent of the damage and the intensity of the storm, the statement said.

Tornadoes in Havana and, for that matter, all of Cuba are rare. The most common such activity are water spouts that come ashore, but they tend to be much weaker than the weekend’s tornado, said CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward.

Cuban actor Luis Silva said he was driving with his wife and children when the tornado struck.

“I had to avoid fallen trees, floods, strong winds. Until I was able to get home!” he wrote in an Instagram post. “We had a big scare.”

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SOURCE: Jack Guy, CNN