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Thousands Flee Felix

Up to 15,000 stranded in their homes
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2007 6:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – Hurricane Felix, which grew with record-breaking speed over the weekend into a Category 5 storm, made landfall this morning in a lightly populated area near the border of Honduras and Nicaragua and continued moving west. Tens of thousands of Hondurans took shelter yesterday but up to 15,000 lacked transport, reports Reuters.

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Felix damaged islands along the southern rim of the Caribbean before moving to sea. The storm, which has seesawed between Category 4 and 5, is stronger than Hurricane Katrina when it made landfall in New Orleans 2 years ago. In 1998 Hurricane Mitch killed 10,000 in Nicaragua, where a coffee grower said, "This brings back very difficult memories.” (Read more Hurricane Felix stories.)

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