The Caribbean hurricane Paloma has weakened to a Category Two storm after passing over Cuba. In anticipation of the storm more than a million Cubans were reported to have been evacuated from their homes into reinforced shelters.
Since hitting Cuba, Paloma has been downgraded from a Category Four hurricane, but winds topping 170 kilometers an hour added to the damage wrought by hurricanes Ike and Gustav earlier this year. After Cuba, the storm is headed for the Bahamas.
At the height of its power on Saturday, Paloma battered the Cayman Islands although residents of the largest of the group of islands, Grand Cayman were spared the worst. “We really got lucky on this one, unfortunately other people were not that lucky,” said one man in the Cayman capital George Town.
Around ninety percent of homes on the smaller Cayman Brac and Little Cayman were badly damaged, although no casualties have been reported.