In one of the first official written statements about the impact of Hurricane Ike on Cuba, a state-run newspaper reported that Ike marked the 24th hurricane season since 1799 in which the island nation suffered a direct hit from two or more intense hurricanes.
The paper pointed out that Ike's landfall in Cuba occurred only eight days after Gustav passed through, breaking a 1948 record when two major storm systems struck just 15 days apart.
And from the Command Center for the National defense Council for Disaster Events comes death notices of the following:
- 76 year-old Pedro Corso Soto and 35 year-old Angel Sanchez Cabello, both residents
of the town of Rancho Veloz, in the municipality of Corralillo, Villa Clara
- 35-year-old Pascual Vilalfaa Rivera, of the city of Camagey
- and 74 year-old Carmelina Di’guez Santiesteban, of El Negro, in the
municipality of Banes.
Corso Soto and Sanchez Cabello reportedly died while trying to take down a rooftop antenna, which fell on a power line, causing the pair to be electrocuted.
Villafaa Rivera, reportedly was killed when a wind-toppled tree slammed into a wall of his home, which then collapsed on top of him.
Di’guez Santiesteban reportedly died when her home collapsed while she was inside.
The statement said the death report was preliminary and offered condolences to the victims' families and friends.