Cuba Evacuates Thousands of Tourists

September 7, 2017 |

With the approach of hurricane “Irma”

Some tourists preferred to move up their departure from Cuba instead of waiting out hurricane Irma. Photo: Ortelio Gonzalez Martinez /

HAVANA TIMES – The government has begun moving more than 36,000 vacationers at beaches resorts on the northern coast of eastern and central Cuba to safe areas before a possible arrival of Hurricane Irma, local media reported.

More than 60 percent of the tourists staying at hotels located on the northern keys of the island are Canadians, state television’s morning news reported.

Foreign tourists are transferred to safer hotels while national tourists are transported to their home towns.

The forecasts of the Cuban Meteorology Institute show that the central provinces of Ciego de Ávila and Villa Clara are the ones most likely to receive the greater impact of the intense rains and strong winds of hurricane “Irma”, a maximum category five storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

The 17 hotels in the Jardines del Rey resort, located between Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, on the north central part of the country, could be most affected by waves between three and five meters high.

The Civil Defense authorities activated Wednesday the second phase of the protocol in this type of weather condition. The alert phase was decreed for the provinces of Guantanamo, Santiago de Cuba, Granma, Holguin, Las Tunas, Camagüey, Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus and Villa Clara.

The last hurricane to hit the island was “Matthew” in October 2016, a category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Intensity Scale. It caused serious material damage, especially in houses in the far eastern part of the country.

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  • Mark O’Blazney

    Be safe, comrades !!! +

    • Moses Patterson

      Comrades? The 1960s called. They want their communists titles back. :)

  • Paul Blakey

    to all my friends in cuba keep your heads down see you all 16 sept

  • shaunantle

    my heart goes out to all of our friends/family from Melia Las Dunas and Remedios!

  • shaunantle

    if this hits as hard as they say, as soon as we can we will be down to help!!!

    • Carlyle MacDuff

      I like your intentions shaunantle, but how will you help?

  • Carolyn Looby

    Stay safe beautiful Cuban people!

  • :-!

    Cuban people are highly organised and efficient in disasters and it puts the wealthiest nations to shame. People come first unlike in America where the love of money is first and the wealthiest are worshipped.

  • Ginni

    Yes, I saw the tourists in the underground caves for safety. Glad they had a place to go.