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People walk through flooded streets in Havana after the passage of Hurricane Irma in Cuba, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. The powerful storm ripped roofs off houses, collapsed buildings and flooded hundreds of miles of coastline after cutting a trail of destruction across the Caribbean. There were no immediate reports of deaths in Cuba, a country that prides itself on its disaster preparedness, but authorities were trying to restore power and clear roads. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

Irma dealt flooding, winds, and torrential rain to Cuba


Cuba has begun recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma struck the country Friday evening.

The storm ripped roofs off homes, collapsed buildings and caused floods along hundreds of miles of coast after cutting a trail of destruction across the Caribbean.

In Havana, home to some 2 million residents, central neighborhoods along the coast between the Almendares River and Havana harbor suffered the brunt of the flooding, with seawater making its way more than a third of a mile inland.

Waves topped 20 feet at the height of the storm and officials are warning that flooding will persist through Monday.

Water and wind also damaged the U.S. Embassy in Cuba. The embassy's flag was in tatters fluttering from its staff Sunday.

There were no immediate reports of fatalities in Cuba.

Authorities ordered more than 1-million people to evacuate and seek safer ground prior to Irma's arrival.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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