Hurricane Ike hit Cuban tobacco country hard. But the farmers will eventually recover and cigar smokers will thank the stogie gods in the sky.
And what's a cigar without a little rum? Cuba has plenty of that.
In the top photos above, Ricardo Alarcon, president of Cuba's National Assembly, checks out samples of some of the country's finest rum and cigars.
Immediately above, Alarcon is pictured with Melba Hernandez, one of two women who fought during Fidel Castro's failed attack on the Moncada military barracks in 1953.