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Caribbean cleans up after Isaac as US gets ready

Caribbean cleans up after Isaac as US gets ready
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The people of Florida are well used to hurricanes, and Tropical Storm Isaac brought the usual preparations with the minimum of fuss.

Many restaurants and businesses closed down, while hundreds of flights were cancelled on Sunday at airports including Miami.

The storm has now passed Florida, sweeping into the Gulf of Mexico where there are fears it could intensify beyond a Category 2 hurricane before hitting the southern US states.

In Haiti, they are cleaning up after Isaac battered the Caribbean island. The government said at least seven people were killed, including a 10-year-old girl.

“We did not expect so much water, we expected heavy wind. The water came and we did not have time to save anything,” said resident Marie Ange Joachin in the capital Port-au-Prince.

Thousands of Haitians have left their homes, many of which were destroyed by the floodwater.

Isaac also claimed at least three lives in the neighbouring Dominican Republic, and brought flooding and power cuts across Cuba.