CUBA BEGINS TO TURN ON LIGHTS AFTER IAN BLACKS OUT ISLAND, STORM NEARS FLORIDA COAST

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Cuban officials said they had begun to restore some power Wednesday after Hurricane Ian knocked out electricity to the entire island while devastating some of the country’s most important tobacco farms when it hit the island’s western tip as a major storm.

The country’s Energy and Mines Ministry announced it had restored energy to three regions by activating two large power plants and was working to get others back on line.

Lights started to flicker on in the capital, Havana, but much of the city and other parts of western Cuba remained without power on Wednesday in the wake of the major hurricane.

Meanwhile………….Hurricane Ian is gaining strength as it nears the Florida coast, with maximum sustained winds nearing 250 km/h

Millions are bracing for life-threatening storm surges, catastrophic winds and flooding

The storm is due to hit near the Tampa Bay region – one of the most vulnerable places in the US for severe flooding