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8A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 12, 1996

NATION/WORLD

Hortense whirls

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -
Hurricane Hortense smashed the
island of Grand Turk with torrents of
rain and 90-mph winds yesterday as it
picked up speed and headed toward the
United States, leaving 14 dead in its
wake.
It was the third direct strike in two
days for Hortense, which pounded
Puerto Rico and the Dominican
Republic on Tuesday.
Search helicopters found four more

bodies yesterday in Puerto Ric
afternoon thunderstorms th
more of the flash floods and m
responsible for most of the 12d
this U.S. commonwealth.
Authorities in the Do
Republic found two bodies y
bringing the death toll forI
islands to 14, half of them(
Many others were missinga
sumed drowned.
The hurricane hit Grand T

through Gri
o, where p.m., lashing the capital of the British
reatened island chain with gusts up to 90 mph
udslides while churning up the Atlantic Ocean
deaths in with 105-mph winds. Because tele-
phone lines were down on the island,
minican it was impossible to determine
esterday, whether there were any deaths or

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Rains and winds preceding the hurri-
cane knocked out power and telephone
service to the island of 3,200, leaving
residents without state television or
radio.
The National Hurricane Center in
Miami said there was a slight chance
the hurricane would cross the Bahamas
and come within 65 miles of West Palm
Beach and Fort Pierce on Florida's east
coast tomorrow. .
But forecasters think it's more likely
a weather trough in the mid-Atlantic
states will keep the hurricane offshore,
pushing the storm north and possibly
targeting the Northeast and New
England by Sunday.
Also yesterday, a tropical storm
warning and a hurricane watch for
Hurricane Fausto were in effect in the
Pacific Ocean south of La Paz on the
southern tip of Mexico's Baja'
Peninsula, the National Weather
Service said.
Maximum sustained winds were

reported at 86 mph with strengthening
expected. Gusts were reported as high
as 103 mph.
Hortense's sheets of blinding rain did
the most damage in Puerto Rico on
Tuesday, when highways that had been
transformed into rivers swept away cars
and rivers burst their banks, carrying
away people and destroying more than
650 homes.
Power and water supplies were cut
across most of this island of 3.6 million
people. A third of the affected residents
had their power back by yesterday
morning.
Overnight Tuesday, about 1,000
people were stranded on rooftops
along a 15-mile stretch of beachfront
highway running west from the capital
of San Juan, the U.S. Coast Guard
reported.
The rooftop refugees were spotted by
helicopter pilots, but they could not
help for fear of getting tangled in power
lines, Petty Officer Tim Lavier said.
The people were in no danger and came
down when flood waters receded, he
said.
Many San Juan houses still were
knee-deep in water yesterday.
Highways were strewn with abandoned
cars, while water and downed trees
made many roads impassable.

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Residents of the Ocean Park neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico make their
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