Havana tornado: Cuba's capital hit by rare twister
Three people are dead and more than 172 injured after a rare tornado ripped through Cuba's capital, Havana.
With wind speeds of up to 100km/hr (60 mph), the first tornado to hit the city in decades uprooted trees and cut power in poor areas late on Sunday.
President Miguel Diaz-Canel met emergency crews on the streets before dawn on Monday, and tweeted that the damage was "severe".
Pictures posted on Twitter showed homes destroyed and trucks overturned.
Staff at the Hijas de Galicia maternity hospital had to evacuate.
Photographers for the AFP news agency said parts of a balcony had been torn off one building in the Luyano neighborhood.
Resident Julio Menendez, 33, told AFP news agency: "We heard a noise like an airplane falling out of the sky. The first thing I did was go hug my daughters."
President Miguel Diaz-Canel tweeted: "We are touring areas affected by the atmospheric phenomenon of great intensity."
He added that "several brigades [are] already working on the restoration."
Cuba's state media had forecast high winds and thunderstorms in the west of the country.
"Those of the island accustomed to these warnings did not suspect the magnitude of what was coming," state-run newspaper Granma said.