10/24/13 - Chicago Tribune - Cuban city struggling to recover a year after Hurricane Sandy
* "It was like Armageddon"
* Thousands remain without homes
* "No more trees for shade"
By Marc Frank
HAVANA, Oct 24 (Reuters) - A year after Hurricane Sandy left
Santiago de Cuba in shambles, the streets are clear and power,
communications and water are back to normal, but residents of
Cuba's second city are still struggling with the aftermath of
the mighty storm.
Sandy, carrying 124-mph (200-km) winds, caught the city by
surprise on the morning of Oct. 25, 2012, damaging half the
housing stock and most public buildings, killing 11 residents
and laying waste to nearby crops and fruit orchards.
The storm later devastated parts of the U.S. East Coast.
"We were overconfident because a powerful hurricane had
never penetrated Santiago. The mountains around the city would
weaken them," recalled Zucel Estrada, who waits on tables at a
"When Sandy finally came, it was like Armageddon. The storm
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