PINAR DEL RIO - Hurricane Ivan churned north into the Gulf of Mexico yesterday on track for the United States, after ripping off roofs and downing trees and power lines as it brushed past western Cuba.
There were no reported casualties on the island from the storm, the most powerful to hit Cuba in living memory. The US National Hurricane Centre said could Ivan be one of the most intense hurricanes ever seen in the Gulf.
After a Caribbean rampage that killed at least 68 people and left vast damage, Ivan was expected to make landfall in the US as early as Thursday night.
The core of Ivan, a rare Category 5 hurricane with winds near 260km/h, passed over Guanahacabibes peninsula, a sparsely populated national park in western Cuba.
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