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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac hits Latin America

Tropical Storm Isaac has swept into eastern Cuba after bringing flood misery to the south coast of Haiti, where six people were killed.

In Haiti, a girl of 10 died when a wall fell on her in the capital, Port-au-Prince. The British aid charity Oxfam said it knew of three other deaths, with The Daily Mail reporting two additional fatalities.

The poorest country in the Americas is still recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake and many of the 400,000 people still living in tent cities had no option but to weather the storm under canvas.

Tracking the storm: BBC Weather video

CNN Report:

Al Jazeera Report:

In the Dominican Republic, officials said three people were missing, including the mayor of a town near Santo Domingo swept away as he tried to save another person from a flooded river.

They said 764 homes had been damaged by the storm and more than 9,600 people evacuated from storm-struck areas.

Collection of images and additional info via Daily Mail website here

Its top winds were near 60mph (96kph), but the centre said it appeared to be gathering steam and was expected to be at or near hurricane strength when it reaches Key West, 90 miles (145km) north of Cuba.

A storm becomes a hurricane when sustained winds reach a minimum of 74mph (119kph).


Sources: BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Daily Mail Online, The Guardian

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