Hurricane Hits Central America
10 Die, Hundreds HomelessReuter
Friday, October 18 1996; Page A48
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The highest death toll was in Nicaragua, where five people drowned in swollen rivers over the past four days, civil defense officials said.
In neighboring Costa Rica, officials said four people died and the coffee crop was probably damaged. In Honduras, a boy was killed when a house in a Tegucigalpa shantytown collapsed.
In Cuba, authorities were bracing for the hurricane, which began early in the week as a tropical depression. Evacuations already have begun in Havana.
At midafternoon, the hurricane's center was about 185 miles south-southwest of Havana and was moving to the north-northeast at about 9 mph.
A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch remained in effect for the Cayman Islands. U.S. forecasters warned boaters in the Florida Keys to remain in port and said they may issue alerts for the Keys and parts of the Bahamas.