Staffers of El Nueva Herald, the Miami Herald's Spanish language sister paper, share reports from relatives in the following places: Matanzas, Guanabacoa, Caibarien, Trinidad and
Their translated reports are as follows:
"I'm from Matanzas and spoke to my family. They reported a lot of winds and rain, but up until now there haven't been any tragedies. I'm from the Versalles neighborhood and my name is Teresa."
"I have just been in communication with Guanabacoa. Although there are strong winds since 4 a.m., there haven't been any major destructions, but remains dangerous to be outdoors. The inconvenience is that the electricity was shut off, to prevent accidents from fallen power lines. They expect the cyclone to pass by 10 a.m."
"I spoke with my family in Caibarien (Paseo de Marti) yesterday and everything was alright, although there were winds of up to 110 kilometers per hour, but nothing major. The ocean did flood the Cultural Center. I hope this helps to at least know that in Caibarien the damage was not as bad as expected."
"I have just spoken with Trinidad. Up until now everything is alright, except that they have no electricity and it is very hot. Since it is dark, no one has ventured out, but the winds have damaged the gazebo in the park and the movie theater. Many homes have sustained damage but everything is alright."
"I am from Bayamo and have spoken to my family over the phone and Internet. Nothing has been affected in Bayamo, they only sustained some small gusts of wind. There have been no personal tragedies and there is no flooding."
"I spoke to my family in Havana and the winds were passing through, but according to my relatives it wasn't that strong and thankfully everything is under control."
El Nuevo Herald Staff