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    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – More than 5,000 have been evacuated in Cuba due to the raging subtropical storm Alberto, according to media reports.

    Some 3,000 people have been evacuated in the central province of Sancti Spiritus because of the threat of flooding, as well as those near the Zaza Reservoir, which has overflowed due to the heavy rainfall, the EFE news agency reported.

    About 2,000 people have reportedly been evacuated in the province of Villa Clara. The provinces of Pinar del Rio, Artemisa, Matanzas and Ciego de Avila have also been hit by the storm.

    According to Cuban experts, the country has received 74 millimeters (about 3 inches) of precipitation within 48 hours, which amounts to 54 percent of May's monthly norm. The heavy rainfall is expected to continue for the next 24 hours.

    Alberto is the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season, which officially begins in June. It formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday and threatens to batter the Gulf of Mexico coast with heavy rains and storm surges.


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