Latin America & Caribbean

Tornado delays Caribbean games opening ceremony

Image caption The tornado swept in suddenly from the sea

A tornado has hit the venue for the XXI Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico, forcing a delay to the opening ceremony.

The twister slammed into the Olympic stadium in the western town of Mayaguez hours before the games were due to begin.

It tore down a lighting tower, smashing cars and injuring five people.

The start of the games - in which 31 nations are taking part - was rescheduled for Sunday.

The tornado swept in suddenly from the sea, battering the stadium with spouts of water.

"The wind was like something out of a movie," said the president of the Games organising committee, Felipe Perez.

People who had already arrived at the stadium were evacuated.

Organisers considered moving the opening ceremony to a baseball stadium next door, but then decided to postpone it until Sunday in case of more severe weather.

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