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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Eerie Feeling Before Hurricane

By Circles Robinson

Once again we are in that strange, eerie time just before a hurricane strikes. While Havana, where I live, is far from the eye of this storm, concern mounts for the provinces and people about to be affected.

It’s been one heck of hurricane season. If Hurricane Paloma crosses the island as expected, it will be the third major storm to hit Cuba this year.

Instead of trying to concentrate on the prospects posed by the soon-to-be Obama administration in Washington, Cuba must once again put all its priority on Civil Defense.

As of Saturday morning a hurricane warning stretches from Sancti Spiritus, Ciego de Avila and Camaguey in Central Cuba to the Eastern provinces of Las Tunas, Granma, Santiago de Cuba and Holguin. Tens of thousands of people are being evacuated.

The storm, now a Category 4 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale, is expected to touch land in Cuba sometime early Sunday. The hurricane packs winds in excess of 140 MPH.

Strong air currents from the southwest have made it hard to predict the exact landing point of Hurricane Paloma on Cuban soil, reported the Cuban Meteorology Institute.

Cuba is still amid what will be years of recovery from the powerful hurricanes Gustav and Ike that hit the country between August 31 and Sept. 10. Over 400,000 homes were damaged or totally destroyed and losses were steep in industry infrastructure and agriculture.

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