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Irma dealt flooding, winds, and torrential rain to Cuba

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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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