HAVANA – Havana’s famous Malecon and the downtown Vedado neighborhood were flooded with seawater driven by 60 kph (37 mph) winds, but no injuries have been reported, officials said on Tuesday.
The Miramar and Vedado neighborhoods were the most affected areas when “huge streams of seawater” started flowing quickly inland Monday afternoon, the official daily Granma reported in a front-page story.
Floodwaters covered an area roughly 400 meters (440 yards) from the Malecon into the city, filling basements with water and forcing the evacuation of about 40 families.
Emergency management officials mobilized search and rescue teams, firefighters, police and Interior Ministry personnel to protect lives and property, Granma said.
The floodwaters caused some damage, sweeping away and flipping over several vehicles.
The floods are expected to recede gradually starting on Wednesday, but forecasters warned of high tides along the island’s northern coast, the weather service said.
A tropical low pressure system over South Carolina caused the storm, pushing strong northwest winds over the island with gusts of more than 60 kph and high tides on the north and western coasts, the weather service said.