Monday, September 08, 2008
Update on Hurricane Ike making landfall in eastern Cuba
September 7th., 2008 - 22:04:32 GMT
Ike’s hurricane eye entered Cuba through Cape Lucrecia in the eastern province of Holguin, reports Cuban daily Juventud Rebelde.
The diameter of Ike’s center was 30 kilometers wide, and the walls of its eye were 15 to 16 kilometers high. Gusts of up to 179 kilometers per hours were reported in Pinares de Mayarí.
Ike is moving at a speed of 21 kilometers per hour, and was headed for Las Tunas province.
The provinces of Havana and City of Havana have been placed on a state of hurricane alert. Thousands of people have been evacuated and maritime, air, rail and road transportations have been paralyzed.
Ike cause uncountable damages in the northern coast of Guantanamo province. Traffic in La Farola Higway, which connects Baracoa to the provincial capital, has been interrupted. The area has more than 25 rivers and small streams and the sea has penetrated many of them, with waves reaching higher than three meters.
Will Weissert, an Associated Press journalist, writing from Camaguey, reported for the Boston Globe that more than 600,000 persons were evacuated and that former President Fidel Castro released a written statement calling on Cubans to heed security measures to ensure no one dies.