Lights still out in Cuba’s 2nd city after Sandy

The Associated Press

HAVANA — Cuban city Santiago is still struggling to recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy two weeks after the storm, even as streetlamps in hard-hit lower Manhattan shine brightly and its subways begin rumbling through tunnels again.

The electrical grid has been restored to 28 percent as workers labor to replace power lines downed by thousands of fallen trees, the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina reported Monday.

“Sources in (state-run power company) Empresa Electrica emphasized that the task is titanic since it means building practically all of the secondary networks from the ground up,” the agency said.