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Hurricane Ivan wrecks Jamaica

Hurricane Ivan, one of the most powerful storms to batter the Caribbean, has killed at least 16 people in Jamaica.

Ivan, blamed for the deaths of at least 44 people - most of them when it ravaged Grenada - was upgraded on Saturday to a rare, top-intensity Category 5 hurricane as it headed towards the Cayman Islands and Cuba.

Packing winds of 270kph, the hurricane wrecked houses and washed away roads in Jamaica. It is forecast to strike Florida early next week.

Ivan ripped off roofs across Jamaica and torrential rains triggered mudslides, washing out roads. The storm brought trees and poles crashing down in capital Kingston, where ravines overflowed and flooded streets.

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