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Tropical Storm Fay hits Cuba coast

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Tropical Storm Fay hits Cuba coast


Tropical Storm Fay has slammed into Cuba’s southwestern coast after wreaking havoc across much of the Caribbean.

Authorities have ordered evacuations of low-lying parts of Havana, fearing that heavy rains could flood the Cuban capital.

At least 57 people were killed in Haiti over the weekend when a bus was swept off the road by a river swollen by rain.

There have also been several flood-related accidents in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.

The storm hit Cuba with winds of up to 80 km per hour on a path expected to take it northwards to Florida as a hurricane, meaning minimum winds of 118 km per hour.

With forecasters predicting it will reach the Florida Keys some time later today, people there are leaving nothing to chance.

Tourists fleeing Fay, the sixth storm of the Atlantic cyclone season, have created bumper to bumper traffic on the highway out of the islands at the state’s southern tip.

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