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Ike trashes Cuba, could get stronger in the gulf

A man stands behind a fallen tree after Hurricane Ike struck Holguin, Cuba, on Tuesday. In Havana, the heavy rains soaked the city’s picturesque older areas and caused some buildings to collapse.

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A man stands behind a fallen tree after Hurricane Ike struck Holguin, Cuba, on Tuesday. In Havana, the heavy rains soaked the city’s picturesque older areas and caused some buildings to collapse.

Haiti flood toll rises from storms

Cemetery workers trudge through the water in Gonaives, fetching dozens of corpses from the muck and carting them off for burial. The city's 15 police officers have buried dozens more, and nobody knows how many were swept out to sea. Officials estimate at least 331 people have been killed in the four storms that struck the desperately poor Caribbean nation in less than a month. But Gonaives has no working morgue, and nobody is counting the dead.

Schools closed in Florida Keys

Hurricane Ike's outer bands aren't expected to fully clear the Florida Keys until today, and Monroe County schools will remain closed another day and reopen Thursday. People in Key West woke up Tuesday to some wind, a little rain and no major damage. Monroe County authorities said residents who evacuated should remain at a safe distance until the storm passes and an all-clear is given, likely today.

Associated Press

A weakened Hurricane Ike left Cuba Tuesday afternoon but the storm is expected to gain strength as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico. It left behind between $3-billion and $4-billion in wreckage, Elisabeth Byrs of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said at a news briefing in Geneva. Cuba's National Defense Council for Disaster Cases said four people were killed. Ike made landfall twice. It hit Cuba Sunday night as a Category 3 storm, weakened and moved back to sea. It returned Tuesday morning, slamming the western tobacco region that already lost 90,000 homes last week to Hurricane Gustav.

Haiti flood toll rises from storms

Cemetery workers trudge through the water in Gonaives, fetching dozens of bloated corpses from the muck and carting them off for burial. The city's 15 police officers have buried dozens more, and nobody knows how many were swept out to sea. Officials estimate at least 331 people have been killed in the four storms that struck the deparately poor Caribbean nation in less than a month. But Gonaives has no working morgue, and nobody is counting the dead.

Schools closed in Florida Keys

Hurricane Ike's outer bands aren't expected to fully clear the Florida Keys until today, and Monroe County schools will remain closed another day and reopen Thursday. People in Key West woke up Tuesday to some wind, a little rain and no major damage. Monroe County authorities said residents who evacuated should remain at a safe distance until the storm passes and an all-clear is given, likely today.

Associated Press

Ike trashes Cuba, could get stronger in the gulf 09/09/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:41pm]

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