Tornado in Havana kills 3, injures 174, Cuban president says

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By Associated Press  with NBC News World News
A Cuban paramedic assists a mother and her baby during evacuations in tornado-hit Havana early on Monday.   -   Copyright  YAMIL LAGE

HAVANA, Cuba — A tornado in eastern Havana has killed three people and injured 174 others, Cuba's president said.

The Cuban capital was battered late Sunday and early Monday by powerful winds and heavy rains. A blackout hit many Havana neighborhoods around 9 p.m.

Early Monday, President Miguel Diaz-Canel posted photos of himself on Twitter with rescue workers besides what appeared to be a vehicle overturned by the storm. Little further information about the storm appeared in state media.

Photos posted by Cuban media and Havana residents on Twitter showed cars crushed by fallen light posts and cars trapped in floodwaters around the city.

One local radio station said on Twitter that the neighborhoods of Regla and 10 de Octubre and the town of San Miguel de Padron had been affected by the tornado.