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After Irma, tourists party and Cubans take a dip in flooded streets

00:53 EDT 11 Sep 2017 | Yahoo News

After Irma, tourists party and Cubans take a dip in flooded streetsBy Sarah Marsh VARADERO, Cuba (Reuters) - In the wake of Hurricane Irma, foreign tourists partied in the coastal resort of Varadero and some Cubans swam in the flooded streets of central Havana, both glad that the deadly storm's damage to the island of 11 million people had not been worse. British visitor Josephine Breslin, 49, spent the night on an inflatable bed in a hotel bathroom when Irma's 120 mph (195 km) winds walloped Cuba's top beach destination, but after helping sweep up on Sunday morning, she felt ready to start relaxing. Irma was packing 160 mph (260 kph) winds when it made landfall in Cuba, the first storm of that power to reach the island since 1932, and it caused major damage to tourist infrastructure including an international airport on the sandy keys popular with Europeans and Canadians.


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