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Hurricane Ian leaves Cuba in complete blackout

Cuba is completely without power after Hurricane Ian ravaged the western end of the island, its government has announced.

Officials said the electrical system is experiencing total collapse after one of the main power plants could not be brought back online.

Two people were reported dead and buildings were damaged nationwide.

The category three hurricane, packing wind speeds of up to 195km/h (120mph), is now bearing down on Florida.

The head of the electrical energy authority announced that an island-wide blackout had occurred as a result of the national electrical system’s breakdown, leaving 11 million people in the dark.

Writing by Omotola Oguneye