October 26, 2012

Sandy leaves Bahamas after killing 40 in Caribbean

The hurricane's center is about 400 miles south-southeast of Charleston, S.C. and moving northward.

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Men try to free an electrical wire after the passing of Hurricane Sandy in Gibara, Cuba, on Thursday. Power was turned off as the hurricane blasted across eastern Cuba as a potent Category 2 storm.


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A sea wall and a road are damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Gibara, Cuba, on Thursday.


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Government officials in the Bahamas said the storm seemed to have inflicted the greatest damage on Cat Island, which took a direct hit, and Exuma, where there were reports of downed trees, power lines and damage to homes.

"I hope that's it for the year," said Veronica Marshall, a 73-year-old hotel owner in Great Exuma. "I thought we would be going into the night, but around 3 o'clock it all died down. I was very happy about that."

On Long Island, farmers lost most of their crops and several roofs were torn off, legislator Loretta Butler-Turner said. The island was without power and many residents did not have access to fresh water, she said.

Power also was out on Acklins Island and most roads there were flooded, while the lone school on Ragged Island in the southern Bahamas was flooded.

Russell, the emergency management official in Nassau, said docks on the western side of Great Inagua island had been destroyed and the roof of a government building was partially ripped off.

Jennifer Savoie, a New Orleans native who lives in Eleuthera, said her fiance's resort, The Cove Eleuthera, was spared major damage but that power is out across most of the island.

"We know the protocol and how to prepare," she said. "It's in our blood. We were hit pretty hard though."

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The projected path of Hurricane Sandy, which could eventually make its way up the East Coast.


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