1M Cubans Flee Hurricane Paloma

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 8, 2008 6:11 PM CST
Palm trees and warning flags are blown by strong winds brought by the arrival of Hurricane Paloma in George Town, Grand Cayman, Friday, Nov. 7, 2008.   (AP Photo/Joanna Lewis)
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(Newser) – Hurricane Paloma slammed into Cuba today after nearly 1 million people fled the country's southern coast, MSNBC reports. Fidel Castro warned that the Category 4 storm, roaring at up to 145 mph, would likely hobble roads and destroy crops planted after storms struck the island nation this summer. Paloma had already flooded low-lying regions and knocked out power in most of Grand Cayman Island.