Hurricane Ian devastates Cuba’s already-weak energy grid
September 28, 2022
Hurricane Ian landed in Cuba yesterday, “bringing violent winds and flooding that affected infrastructure and devastated some of the country’s most important tobacco farms,” writes the Guardian. The storm, a Category 3 hurricane that has the potential to be upgraded to Category 4, devastated the country’s already-weak energy grid, causing the island’s 11.3 million residents to lose power. According to AP, power is set to slowly be restored this morning. Two casualties have been reported as a direct result of the hurricane’s impact, says the New York Times.
Many of Cuba’s tobacco farms were hard-hit by the storm’s effects, causing damage to one of the country’s most important crops. The damage caused by Hurricane Ian is likely to exacerbate challenges due to the already-weak infrastructure and power grid, and, as the Guardian notes, “Blackouts and long-running shortages of food, medicine and fuel are likely to complicate efforts to recover from the storm.” According to NetBlocks, internet traffic on the island decreased to less than 50% of its normal levels, as the storm cut off avenues of communication.
The hurricane is expected to hit the US state of Florida this afternoon.
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