MIAMI.- Tropical storm Laura wreaked havoc in Cuba before entering the Gulf of Mexico, where it is expected to gain power as a hurricane, to reach the southern coast of the United States.
As she passed through Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti during the last two days, Laura has left at least eight dead, none so far in Cuba.
However, the storm has caused material damage to homes, state facilities, roads and agricultural land in the eastern and central Cuban provinces due to strong gusts of wind and coastal flooding.
According to official figures from the island’s regime, at least 1,000 homes were affected.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from vulnerable areas along the coast and relocated to other private homes or state centers, waiting for the storm to subside.
Total or partial interruptions of the electricity supply were also reported in almost all the provinces in the wake of Laura, who has knocked down poles, trees and electricity and communication cables.