Storm kills at least 10 in Cuba

July 9, 2005

Miami Herald- Renato Perez and Nancy San Martin

Hurricane Dennis killed at least 10 people in Cuba as it slashed through the island Friday with wind gusts of 177 mph and heavy rains that forced the evacuation of about 700,000 people, toppled trees and power lines and triggered mudslides.

The powerful eyewall of the Category 4 monster was heading perilously close to Havana -- with thousands of dilapidated buildings that regularly collapse under even moderate rains -- late Friday after nipping eastern Cuba, then slicing across much of the central farming heartland. It battered the provinces of Cienfuegos, Sancti Spiritus, Villa Clara and Matanzas.

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