Hurricane Ian knocked out power across all of Cuba and devastated some of the country’s most important tobacco farms Tuesday when it slammed into the island’s western tip as a major hurricane.
Cuba’s Electric Union said in a statement that work is being done to gradually restore service to the country’s 11 million people between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
Power was initially knocked out in Cuba’s western provinces, but subsequently the entire grid collapsed. Ian made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane early Tuesday on the island’s west coast.
It devastated Pinar del Rio province, where much of the tobacco used to make Cuba’s iconic cigars is grown. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated and others fled the area ahead of the arrival of Ian, which caused flooding, damaged houses and felled trees.