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Santiago de Cuba & Irma

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Santiago de Cuba & Irma

No damage reported in Santiago but Irma did bring the badly needed rain. Right now they have no hydro and this is the info that I managed to find: "Last news: the city of Santiago de Cuba continues in the blackout. The energy transmission lines that link to the Thermoelectric Ramón Pérez, known as felton in Holguín, with the Central Antonio Maceo (rented) of Santiago de Cuba are found damaged. The Thermoelectric 10 October in Camagüey class during the voyage of hurricane Irma. More than 20 hours carry engineers and technicians from the Thermoelectric. Trying to solve the generation in MACHINE #6 in order to stabilize the electric fluid in Santiago de Cuba. There's hardly any rest. Further work will be continued on other generators to meet the demand that had previously produced 3 plants linked to the national electroenergético system."

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1. Re: Santiago de Cuba & Irma

Apparently the people of Santiago have been told that the generator in Camagüey "exploded" during the storm and it can take up to 10 days for them to get their power back. CQ :(

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I am planning a trip to Santiago in late November, and should book in the next couple of days. I assume that all should be fine by then in Ssntaiago. Agree?

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3. Re: Santiago de Cuba & Irma

do you work for Ontario hydro? a cat 5 hit northern Cuba it may take weeks or months just to get things back to normal about power in Santiago could be days

Edited: 11 September 2017, 05:59
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Santiago will be fine.

Today was really the first day that they could start reviewing the damage and working out what to do about it.

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Hokachica, thanks for the reply, even though not the information I was looking for. No reason for insults!

I make no claim to know anything about electrical infrastructure in Cuba, Ontario, or any other part of the world. I was asking as a tourist going to Santiago, whether it should be alright by late November in terms of electricity to the central area of Santiago. Is the city in total blackout or partial blackout at the moment?

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Thanks for the update CQ!

Just like with last year's hurricane Mathew, Santiago has not done too badly at all. I really feel bad for most of the rest of the country though.

Susan, November is a long ways away. At this point, I would say that Santiago would be one of the most prepared destinations in Cuba at that time. Unless another storm comes along, I wouldn't worry about it at all.

Edited: 11 September 2017, 06:16
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Thank you beardochuck, Cubanwaters, and QC for the clarifications!

The pictures and stories about the Cayos, Morón Ciego de Avila, and Havana are devastating. Santiago got lucky this time!.

Edited: 11 September 2017, 06:18
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Great news.....power is back on in Santiago. Sad news.....10 confirmed deaths in Cuba due to Irma. :( Susan F....Santiago is waiting for you. :) Hopefully, no more Hurricanes in Cuba. CQ :)

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Received this E-mail from a friend in Santiago this morning:

Dear friends, here is the information about the arrival of the huge hurricane Irma to our country.

Santiago is fine, we only received some rain and strong winds. We had no power for nearly two days. But we are one of the luckiest.

The disaster is huge. >From Maisi to Pinar del Rio, in different degrees. Cayo Coco could not be reached and there were local people stranded there for a while. The destruction in the keys is massive, Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Santa Maria. In Matanzas, the coastal towns, including Varadero and Yaguajay, have huge material losses. Our family in Havana said that Central Havana is destroyed and like us during the fury of hurricane Sandy they spent Saturday night and Sunday morning fearing for their lives. Because thermoelectric plants are usually built by the ocean several of them have been badly damaged. There is no power in Havana and Cienfuegos.

The central provinces were brutally destroyed, as well. We have heard that the national highway has extensive damage.

It will definitely take some time to recover from hurricane Irma.

The important tourism areas, agricultural regions and several industrial towns, including the capital, were badly hit. I cannot give you numbers, yet. It will take several days for the specialists to figure out the amount of the losses. Some crops must have been lost as well.

Of course, the towns that were not hit, will be happy to collaborate and help, sending whatever is available to those that sustained severe losses, food, clothing, manpower, etc.

The sheer size of the hurricane covered at times almost the whole country

Perhaps you can find the images on the internet.

We are all thankful to be alive and we pray for all the victims of the hurricane, along the Caribbean and in Florida and Key West, as well.

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10. Re: Santiago de Cuba & Irma

Thank you for the detailed update QC!

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