"It's not looking good," official said as winds headed for shore.
By Reporters in Cuba - Latin America
The devastation caused by the hurricane that hit Cuba in the last week of October was made worse by the poor state of many buildings, according to eyewitnesses.
Hurricane Sandy was the worst natural disaster to strike Cuba in half a century.
As the hurricane raced towards shore, Lázaro Expósito Canto, head of the Provincial Defence Council in Santiago de Cuba, made a last-minute announcement on television and radio.