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Hurricane Paloma makes landfall in Cuba

The third hurricane to hit Cuba this year, Hurricane Paloma made landfall near Santa Cruz del Sur on Saturday but has reduced in severity to a Category 2 storm, the US National Hurricane Centre reports.

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MIAMI - Dangerous Hurricane Paloma made landfall near Santa Cruz del Sur in southeastern Cuba on Saturday as a Category 3 storm with 125 mile-per-hour (200-kph) winds, the U.S. National Hurricane Centre said.

 

The storm, which had been forecast to produce a sea surge of 20 to 25 feet (6 to 7.6 metres), was the third hurricane to batter the island this year and came almost 76 years to the day after a Nov. 9, 1932, cyclone that killed 3,000 in the area.

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