Hurricane Ike hits Cuba

Hurricane Ike is currently battering Cuba’s northern shore having killed 61 in Haiti and damaged 80% of homes on the Turks and Caicos Islands.

More than 800,000 Cubans and 15,000 tourists were evacuated from the Cuban coastline in preparation for the category three storm which comes just a week after Hurricane Gustav tore through the same parts of the Caribbean.

Ike is now predicted to run along the centre of Cuba and forecasters are predicting it will hit the island’s capital Havana early tomorrow morning.

Despite having weakened from a category four storm over the weekend it is still considered dangerous while the Foreign Office changed its advice over the weekend to all but essential travel to Cuba.

The storm is the fourth in the region in the since the beginning of August. Haiti has suffered the most with large-scale destruction across the island while police are reporting more than 500 dead.

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