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Hurricane Agatha inundates Cuba, leaving at least two dead and one missing

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millimeters, and will continue the rest of the day on Friday and tomorrow Saturday”,”text”:”Intense and heavy rains, as well as thunderstorms, affected the western and central regions of Cuba with accumulated precipitation exceeding 200 millimeters, and will continue the rest of the day Friday and tomorrow Saturday”}}”>Intense and heavy rains, as well as thunderstorms, have affected the western and central regions of Cuba with accumulated precipitation greater than 200 millimeters, and will continue for the rest of the day on Friday and tomorrow Saturdaysaid the Institute of Meteorology of Cuba (INSMET).

The phenomenon is due to the passage of Hurricane Agatha on Monday in Mexico, downgraded Tuesday to a tropical storm, but which could reactivate as a hurricane in the coming days as it exited over the Atlantic, according to the Miami hurricane center. .

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Several neighborhoods in the Cuban capital were affected, including Old Havana and the center, where a 69-year-old man died and another was injured, state news portal Cubadebate said.

The Civil Defense staff later reported another death in Havana province, without giving further details.

State media showed footage of rescuers evacuating residents in rowboats.

In the capital, 40 housing collapses have been recorded and around 400 residents have been evacuated, while nearly 2,000 others have left their homes themselves to seek shelter, authorities informed in a coordination meeting of the relief chaired by Prime Minister Manuel Marrero.

A total of 50,000 customers in the province of Havana are without electricity, they said.

In the western province of Pinar del Río, also affected by the floods, a passerby fell into a flooded river and, according to neighbors, was unable to get out, state media reported.

The rains caused flooding from the province of Pinar del Río to that of Sancti Spiritus [centre] as well as in the island of Juventud [sud]according to INSMET.

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17 hurricanes are expected this season

The storm is expected to hit the Florida peninsula on Saturday.

Hurricane season begins on June 1 each year and ends on November 30 in the North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.

The Meteorological Institute forecasts the formation of 17 hurricanes this season, more than the historical average of 14 per year between 1991 and 2020.

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