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Cuba braced for Hurricane Ivan.

Byline: By JANE KIRBY

RESIDENTS of the Cayman Islands are assessing the damage wreaked by Hurricane Ivan as it continues on its path of destruction towards Cuba today.

Winds of up to 155mph battered the three tiny British islands yesterday, uprooting trees, ripping roofs off homes, sweeping away parked cars and causing extensive flooding.

And the hurricane, dubbed "Ivan the Terrible", which has claimed at least 65 lives so far, is likely to hit Cuba this evening. Early today, it had strengthened to a category five storm, with winds of nearly 160mph.

In Cuba, families were preparing for Ivan's arrival by boarding up windows and doors and stocking up on food and water.

A spokesman for Abta in the UK said some of the 5,000 British tourists there had been moved to Cancun in Mexico and the Dominican Republic but many had decided to stay and had been moved to parts of Cuba not expected to be badly affected.

In the Cayman Islands, more than 40,000 residents - including the British expatriate community - hid in homes and shelters to try to escape Ivan's ferocious winds yesterday.

Waves of up to 20ft in height flooded homes, and power lines, roofs and debris fell into roads.

The eye of the hurricane did not strike the islands, but hurricane force winds extend for about 90 miles from the centre of the storm.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Sep 13, 2004
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