Havana tornado hit, ‘everything began to fall’

HAVANA (AP) — The tornado that hit Havana tore the concrete roof off an apartment building in the Regla district and dumped it into an alleyway, briefly trapping residents in their homes.

Seventy-seven-year-old Marlene Marrero Garcia says she was in her ground-floor apartment with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren Sunday night when she heard electrical transformers begin to explode. Then the tornado passed.

She says, “It looked like fire, everything was red, then everything began to fall.”

Marrero says she and her family were trapped by debris for about half an hour before firefighters arrived.

She and other residents said two of their neighbors had been hospitalized.

Cuba’s president says the storm has killed three people and injured 172 others.