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just received news of heavy rainfall and deteriorating visibiity from santiago de cuba. sandy due to hit this evening. sure hope it won't move up to a category 2 by then. carol e. storm surge 3 to 5 ft. predicted. carol e.

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51. Re: storm update..

Just talked to Santiago. Seems that they are focusing on the clean-up now. A more optimistic tone.

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I believe one of the newest updates on the situation in Santiago & surrounding area:

cafefuerte.com/cuba/noticias-de-cuba/socieda…

A total of 690 tourists were relocated in eastern Cuba to protect them from the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. Numerous tourist facilities were damaged, including the Bucanero hotel Baconao Park in Santiago de Cuba, which was completely destroyed, with no chance of recovery.

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Eleven deaths and extensive damage left by Hurricane Sandy eastern Cuba, officials gubenamentales.

A report of the General Staff of the Civil Defense said Thursday night that the deceased, nine were residents of Santiago de Cuba and two in the neighboring province of Guantanamo, including a baby of four months. The deaths occurred as the reasons mentioned, by collapsing walls and houses and fallen trees.

The figure makes Sandy in the deadliest storm that has hit the nation in recent decades.

In television programming Thursday night-Roundtable and National Television News, showed dramatic images of the destruction caused by Sandy in neighborhoods, facilities and agricultural areas.

The plight led to Raúl Castro to order an emergency meeting of the Economic and Social Body of the National Defense Council, which was held at noon on Thursday.

Emergency shipments

During the meeting with the Council of Ministers in the middle, it was agreed to prioritize the delivery of resources and support personnel to the affected provinces, and emphasized the urgency to provide as quickly as all access roads to the arrival of food, medicines, building materials and any other assistance to those territories. At the same time called for strengthening control measures to minimize health and hygiene risks of possible outbreaks.

Although there is still no definitive figures on the disaster, reported severe damage to homes, power generation, communications, food industry, and the provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Holguin listed as the most devastated, according to preliminary reports.

Only in Santiago de Cuba is resgistran about 27,000 landslides damaged roofs and 4.249 in the wake of the storm, which grew to Category 3 as it hit the territory in the early hours of Thursday. The hurricane forced the evacuation of more than 330,000 people, about 300,000 in family homes.

In total, 21 municipalities of the island were affected, Santiago de Cuba, Palma Soriano and San Luis were the hardest hit.

"Sandy must be recorded as one of the most important in our history of hurricanes," said Jose Rubiera, head of the Institute of Meteorology of Cuba, during a special presentation at the Roundtable.

Rubiera said this is the first hurricane that came through the area in south-north direction, and found that the damage would be even more catastrophic if the agency had spent more slowly. Sandy crossed the eastern territory of Cuba in about five hours.

However, Colonel Miguel Angel Ruiz, chief operating officer of the General Staff of the Civil Defense said that the hurricane damage count is still at an early stage.

All hospitals in Santiago were affected with the passage of the storm, and numerous medical offices.

Blackout in East

Almost all of the Santiago province still dark on Thursday night, while in neighboring Holguin partial service was restored, particularly in areas of the provincial capital. The National Electrical Union (UEN) admitted that no date for the service reset Electics in eastern Cuba.

"In Santiago de Cuba there is no circuit in service, involvement in the distribution network has been great," said Raul Garcia Barreiro, director of the SBU.

Two towers of medium wave transmissions fell in Santiago de Cuba and also damaged the television tower of the Great Stone.

A total of 690 tourists were relocated in eastern Cuba to protect them from the ravages of Hurricane Sandy. Numerous tourist facilities were damaged, including the Bucanero hotel Baconao Park in Santiago de Cuba, which was completely destroyed, with no chance of recovery.

Among the damage to agriculture are reported damaged 4,000 tons of sugar in the municipality of San Luis Santiago. Meanwhile, in Granma province lost 80 percent of planted dwarf plantano pylon in the town were flooded several rice plantations were damaged in Manzanillo and snuff 3.000 seedlings in the territory.

The Ministry of Agriculture convened a meeting to ensure smooth delivery of food to the provinces of Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo and Holguin, and poultry farms whose crops were hardest hit during the passing of Sandy.

LIST OF DEAD BY STEP SANDY HURRICANE IN CUBA

Santiago de Cuba:

1. Francisca Rodriguez Navarro, 74 (Cause: Closed Head severe concussion and fractured skull vault and base for wall collapse neighbor)

2. Martha Sanchez Pupo, 58 years (Severe Closed Head Contusion and fracture of the vault and base of skull wall collapse neighbor)

3. Roland M. Neighborhood Colome, 4 months (Suffocation severe chest compression and collapse of the housing)

4. Maria Antonia Guevara Delis, 46 years (Suffocation severe chest compression and collapse of the housing)

5. Sila Fontanar Munoz, 62 years (the cause is investigated)

6. Chiron Geovanis Mora, 65 (the cause is investigated)

7. Hope Elsa Bernal, 72 years (the cause is investigated)

8. Esmeregildo Paneque Cabrera, 84 years (the cause is investigated)

9. Orozco Admilatín Lázara Peñalver, 46 years (the cause is investigated)

Guantanamo:

1. Laffita Orlenis Ortiz, 34 (Fall tree on your home)

2. Domingo Cordoba Frometa, 54 (Fall of a palm top for service delivery)

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bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-20092216

If I am correct, & do correct me if I am wrong, but I believe at 12 seconds into this video, is in fact Club Bucanero in Santiago de Cuba. TOTAL devastation!

Edited: 26 October 2012, 16:06
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54. Re: storm update..

thanks for the update but it still looks like corales on the bbc. carol e.

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55. Re: storm update..

cubacarol: Carisol Los Corales does not have the rock formations like the video has shown. That is what keyed me into thinking it was Bucanero. I dont know of any resort in Santiago that has rock formations like Bucanero.

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56. Re: storm update..

Costa Morena has the same foundation

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TheTravelingM: Yes, Costa Morena has rock formations such as that, but Costa Morena is not laid out like it is showing in the video. Im still thinking its Bucanero, as Bucanero is layed out very closely to what the video shows.

Edited: 26 October 2012, 17:11
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58. Re: storm update..

went back back and freeze framed it and I am afraid it is bucanero.. can see the rock wall behind the buildings and the shape of the construction. what a horrible sight to behold. no wonder they are not talking of rebuilding. couldn't bear to look at it immediately after the 1st time. wonder when we will see other pics. carol e.

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59. Re: storm update..

If you look at Club Bucanero on Google Earth and examine the portion of the video that is refered to in the earlier post, it is definitely Bucanero, no question at all..

The formation of the buildings is very distinctive from the aerial view of Google earth. It looks like the place was totally trashed.

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60. Re: storm update..

Sunwing is not to swift. You can still book Club Bucanero on their website.