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9/04/2007

Massive Hurricane Felix Inundates Nicaragua





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Central America
Mudslide Warnings for Honduras and Guatemala

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua (Reuters) - The highly dangerous Hurricane Felix ripped into Central America on Tuesday, smashing up a port on Nicaragua's Caribbean coast and threatening deadly mudslides in Honduras and Guatemala.

Two people were reported dead in Puerto Cabezas port in northern Nicaragua, where howling winds tore the roofs off homes and badly damaged a church.

"The situation is chaotic. Puerto Cabezas is being totally destroyed," said Antonio Joya, a regional government official. "I'm sure it is going to be a total disaster."

Uprooted trees flew through the air as thousands took shelter in two schools in the port, home to some 30,000 mostly Miskito Indians. Ambulances with sirens blaring raced through the streets.

Felix struck the coast as a potentially catastrophic Category 5 storm, awaking fears throughout Central America of a repeat of Hurricane Mitch, which killed some 10,000 people across the region in 1998 in floods and mudslides.

HURRICANES

Hurricane Henriette blasts Mexican coast

MEXICO CITY -- The leading edge of Hurricane Henriette, packing winds of 120 miles (193 kilometers) an hour, began lashing Mexico's Baja California Sur peninsula at 1636 GMT, the National Weather Service said Tuesday.

Henriette's wrath was being felt after Hurricane Felix slammed ashore earlier Tuesday in Nicaragua at the topmost intensity on the Saffir-Simpson scale.



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