Havana, Oct 9: Hurricane Michael has battered west Cuba with strong winds and heavy rains as it whipped through the Yucatan Channel on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, where it may turn into a major storm.
On Monday at 3 p.m., the eye of the hurricane passed over San Antonio Cape, the westernmost point of the Caribbean island, the Civil Defence agency said issuing a warning for people including those in Havana.
Life-threatening storm surge is likely along portions of the coasts of the Florida Panhandle, Big Bend, & Nature Coast. A storm surge WARNING is in effect for these areas. Follow all advice given by their local officials. Follow @NHC_Atlantic for more on #HurricaneMichael. pic.twitter.com/Ts6Jrvsv9V
— National Weather Service (@NWS) October 8, 2018
Michael will continue to lash Cuba till Tuesday morning, Xinhua news agency quoted Chief Meteorologist Jose Rubiera as saying.
The hurricane’s trajectory indicates it will strengthen over the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday and Wednesday morning before making landfall in the US Florida as a potential category 3 storm, he added.
-Category 1 storm;
-Sustained winds of up to 80 mph;
-Moving N at 9 mph;
-Center currently located about 30 miles NW of western tip of Cuba. pic.twitter.com/nbVus7YsDX
— ABC News (@ABC) October 8, 2018