After causing at least 47 deaths in Haiti, Hurricane Ike reached Cuba's northeast coast on Sunday, where authorities had evacuated over one million people.
STORM-IKE - Hurricane Ike pounded northeastern
State-run television showed angry waves slamming into the sea wall and surging as high as nearby five-story apartment buildings before flooding the streets of the city of
Ike, a dangerous Category 3 storm, had earlier ripped through the southern
The Cuban Meteorology Institute said the storm crashed into the coast near Punta Lucrecia in the state of
"There is lot of worry, windows are beginning to break," a woman named Carmela said by telephone from the hotel where she works in the city of
Officials said at least 1.1 million people were evacuated ahead of a storm expected to slash through the heart of
Oil jumped $2 to near $109 a barrel on Monday, rebounding from a five-month low on worries that Ike would tear through the Gulf of
Ike may threaten
STORM TO WEAKEN
At 2 a.m. (0600 GMT) on Monday, Ike was just inland over northeastern
The storm was expected to regain strength when it re-emerges in the warm Gulf waters. Rainfall up to 20 inches (50.80 cm) was possible in
As Ike roared through the Caribbean, residents of the
Ike ripped off roofs and knocked over trees and power lines as it passed over Great Inagua, the
It hit Turks and Caicos as a Category 4 storm with 135 mph (215 kph) winds, damaging 80 percent of the houses on
Ike dumped more heavy rain on
"The whole village is flooded," civil protection official Moise Jean-Pierre said. "The death toll could go higher."
Flooding from Tropical Storm Hanna last week was believed to have killed at least 500 people around the port city of
On Sunday, rain from Ike was causing the La Quinte river to rise again and floodwaters were seeping back into
In the neighboring
Cuban authorities used buses, trucks and other transportation to move thousands of tourists from prime resorts along the northern coast. Ranchers herded cattle in grazing areas of eastern Las Tunas and
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, who has taken to writing columns since handing over power to his brother Raul, wrote on Sunday that the flow of international aid to
He said, without giving details, that close ally Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had taken "measures that make up the most generous gesture of solidarity that our country has known."
Oil companies had begun returning workers to the offshore platforms that were evacuated before Gustav hit but began preparing for the arrival of Ike.
Date created : 2008-09-08