Gisela Arvelo, 43, -- who lives in the Alta Mira section of the southeastern Cuban province of Santiago de Cuba, said some houses in her neighborhood had walls crumbling down and their roofs taken off. But other than some water filled roads, it was back to work for Arvelo Tuesday afternoon, as she peeled potatoes at the eatery Paladar Las Gallegas.
"I just kept looking out for my avocado tree," Arvelo said of riding out the storm. "I didn't want anything to happen to it, and I didn't want it to fall onto the house."
Arvelo added; "It's the worst hurricane I've experienced. Just the fear of hearing the wind as strong as it was -- I can't even begin to put into words. It was the sound of a wild animal let loose."
LAURA FIGUEROA, The Miami Herald