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US Ike 2
Summary: WRAP Aftermath in wake of Hurricane Ike, weeklong curfew imposed, aerials
Story No: 578333
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 09/15/2008 09:10 AM
People: George W. Bush



Galveston area, Texas

1. Damaged amusement park in Kemah

2. Damaged commercial area in park

3. Damaged amusement rides, debris

4. Debris spread over private property in area

5. Close-up of house on its side

6. Two damaged homes

7. Zoom in to damaged home, pan to debris

8. Medium of house with debris

9. Pick up truck amongst debris

10. Medium of damaged multi-story home

11. Pan of debris on street

12. Damaged boats in harbour

Galveston, Texas

13. Ice packs being moved on forklifts for distribution to residents

14. Various of soldiers giving out ice and water to residents

15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Fred Shull, Galveston resident:

"It means we don't have any water, no electricity and etcetera. This is the worst it has ever been here in Galveston."

Clear Lake, Texas

16. Various of damaged boats

17. SOUNDBITE: (English) Crystal Morrisson, boat owner

"I have no words, I haven't even seen my boat yet, I've just heard stories. We are on our way out there to check it out, but I've heard it is on top of another boat."

18. Medium of Morrisson trying to see her boat across the waterway

19. Wide pan of people cleaning up debris from in front of their houses

20. Medium of man using wheelbarrow to remove leaves and braches

21. SOUNDBITE: (English) Jack Sloan, Clear Lake resident:

"I was afraid that we were coming back to a soaked house. I was afraid there was going to be water in the house, no water, everything was fine, we got lucky. We dodged the big one."

22. Wide of damaged McDonald's restaurant sign

23. Wide of closed road

24. Close of police officer redirecting resident away from closed off area

25. Wide shot of resident driving away

Houston, Texas

26. Wide of hotel operating without power and water

27. Medium of residents sitting outside hotel

28. SOUNDBITE: (English) Daphney Babin, hotel owner:

"Water, no electricity, hot air and a lot of sweaty people, pretty much. We didn't get any damage though, no flooding on the streets here, just a little flooding at entry ways, but a lot of wind damage, a lot of trees down."

29. Wide of hotel

San Antonio, Texas

30. Various of buses arriving with new evacuees

31. Various of evacuees walking into shelter

32. Medium of evacuees outside shelter

33. Medium of evacuees talking outside shelter

34. SOUNDBITE: (English) Kenneth Dulaney, evacuee from Galveston:

"We are glad we got out, because we went through it with Katrina and Rita, the evacuation, it took us a day and a-half just to get to Austin the last time and at first we thought maybe we could ride it out, its only a Category 2."

35. Wide of ambulance team taking pregnant woman away from shelter

36. Various of ambulances in row waiting for assignments

37. SOUNDBITE: (English) Brendan McNiff, FEMA Ambulance Contractor:

"Our mission will end when the state of Texas is comfortable that patients have been successfully moved from the strike zone and when they have been successfully brought back to the areas from which they came, when able. That is a decision made by the local jurisdictions in the state of Texas, they have the controlling say when people are allowed back to those areas, and we will assist in that process to get everybody back home."

38. Wide of command centre


The death toll from Hurricane Ike has risen to 28 people across eight US states extending from the Gulf Coast to

the storm-battered Midwest.

Although by Monday it was losing its devastating punch as a major hurricane, Ike has nevertheless drubbed the Midwest with powerful winds and floodwaters.

More than a million homes and businesses lost electrical power on Sunday and thousands of people were forced to

evacuate their homes.

Authorities are to continue on Monday to assess damage and map recovery.

The death toll from Ike has risen to 28 people in eight states extending from the hurricane-pounded Gulf Coast to

the storm-battered Midwest.

Rescuers on Sunday said they had saved nearly 2-thousand people from waterlogged streets and splintered houses.

Houston was placed under a week long curfew, and millions (m) of people in the storm's path remained in the dark as more than three million (m) were without power in Texas at the height of the storm, and it could be weeks before it is fully restored.

Ike killed more than 80 in the Caribbean before reaching the US.

Aerial photography from the Houston and Galveston area on Sunday showed dozens of homes and businesses with considerable damage.

Scores of boats from local yacht clubs could be seen lying damaged on dry land.

As the floodwaters began to recede from the first hurricane to make a direct hit on a major US city since Katrina, authorities planned to go door-to-door into the night to reach an untold number of people across the Texas coast who rode out the storm and were still in their homes, many without power or supplies.

Authorities had earlier said at a news conference on Sunday that 1,984 people had been rescued so far, including 394 by air.

In Galveston, where Ike came ashore early on Saturday, residents made their way to an evacuation site to board buses for San Antonio.

Troops handed out supplies and said they would be back on Monday with more.

Fred Shull, a Galveston resident said he did not have any water or electricity, "This is the worst it has ever been here in Galveston."

Ike's 110 mile per hour (177 kph) winds and battering waves left Galveston without electricity, gas and basic communications - and officials estimated it may not be restored for a month.

While overall more than two million (m) were without power in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana and it could be weeks before it is fully restored.

One Clear View resident said she was dreading seeing her boat again.

"I have no words, I haven't even seen my boat yet, I've just heard stories. We are on our way out there to check it out, but I've heard it is on top of another boat," said Crystal Morrisson.

Houston, the fourth-largest US city, was reduced to near-paralysis in some places.

Power was on in downtown office towers Sunday afternoon, and Texas Medical Centre, the world's largest medical complex, was unscathed and remained open. Both places have underground power lines.

Its two airports - including George Bush Intercontinental, one of the busiest in the United States - were set to reopen on Monday with limited service, but schools were closed until further notice, and the business district was shuttered.

Daphney Babin, a hotel owner in the area said she regretted her decision not to evacuate.

"We didn't get any damage though, no flooding on the streets here, just a little flooding at entry ways," she said.

Many of those that were evacuated arrived on buses in San Antonio and stayed in shelters.

Emergency services teams were ready and waiting. One woman was taken away in an ambulance after she went into labour.

Brendan McNiff, FEMA Ambulance Contractor said their job would finish when state officials decided that patients, "have been successfully moved from the strike zone and when they have been successfully brought back to the areas from which they came."

The Red Cross reported 42-thousand people were at state and Red Cross shelters on Saturday night.

Hurricane Ike appears to have destroyed a number of production platforms and damaged some of the pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico, federal officials said on Sunday.

Since just before Hurricane Gustav's arrival two weeks ago, nearly 100 percent of Gulf Coast crude production has stopped, which is equivalent to about 1.3 million (m) barrels per day.

About 98 percent of all natural gas production is on hold.

There was limited production between storms, but that ended as Ike approached.

Word that Ike did more damage than Gustav left open the question about how high gas prices would go, and how long they would remain there.

A gallon (3.74 litres) of regular petrol soared past five US dollars in some areas, notably in regions that rely directly on a link to the mass of Gulf refineries that usually produce millions (m) of gallons of gasoline each day.

US President George W. Bush is to travel to Texas on Tuesday to give his support to victims of Hurricane Ike.

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Subjects: Property damage, Hurricanes, Floods, Natural disasters, Accidents and disasters, Weather, Evacuations, Coastlines and beaches, Oil and gas refining, Government and politics, General news, Tropical cyclones, Tropical cyclones, Storms, Environment and nature, Oil and gas industry, Energy industry, Industries, Business
People: George W. Bush
Locations: Galveston, Texas, United States, Houston, San Antonio, North America
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Philippines Typhoon
Summary: Typhoon Fengshen rips through Philippines, at least 17 dead
Story No: 569057
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 06/22/2008 03:04 AM
People: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo


1. Wide of Manila Bay sea wall being battered by waves

2. Close of trees and lampposts swaying in the wind

3. Mid of strong waves and boats being battered in the dock

4. Wide of people sheltering from wind and rain

5. Wide of abandoned street zoom into trees swaying in the wind

6. Wide shot of road with fallen power line pole

7. Pan of damaged power line pole

8. Zoom into tree branch that has fallen in the wind

9. Mid of flooded road and passing cars making waves as they drive through the water

10. Mid of security officer carrying a bicycle through the water zoom into more vehicles driving past through flood waters


The streets of the Philippines capital Manila were inundated on Sunday, after Typhoon Fengshen battered the city at dawn, packing sustained winds of 74 miles (120 kilometres) per hour and gusts of up to 93 mph (150 kph).

The typhoon had shifted course on Sunday to the northwest and hit Manila, where AP Television pictures showed damage and flooding on the city's streets, as high winds tore down tree and power lines.

Disaster officials said more than 200,000 Filipinos were affected by the typhoon with at least 17 people killed.

The typhoon has been buffeting the Philippines for the last few days, causing torrential rains that have triggered flash floods and deadly landslides.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo directed the defence and local government departments to stand by for relief and rescue missions before she left for the United States late on Saturday.

Officials said neck-deep flood waters had risen further with a high tide, forcing the evacuation of 5,000 people in Sultan Kudarat township in southern Shariff Kabunsuan province, near Cotabato city.

Officials ordered the evacuation of more than 117,000 people from areas prone to floods and landslides in central Albay province. But many had returned home by midday on Saturday after the typhoon missed the area.

Meanwhile, a massive rescue operation was under way to find a passenger ship, with more than 800 people on board, that reportedly ran aground and eventually sank in rough waves stirred up by Typhoon Fengshen.

Philippine media reported that authorities have yet to reach the area where the ship went down, but a navy vessel is believed to be on its way.

Owner Sulpicio Lines Incorporated said the ship was carrying 705 passengers and 121 crew members.

It said the ship, which left Manila on Friday for Cebu City in the central Philippines, ran aground about seven nautical miles off Sibuyan Island.

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Subjects: Typhoons, Floods, Natural disasters, Accidents and disasters, Tropical cyclones, General news, Tropical cyclones, Storms, Weather
People: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Locations: Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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US Tornado
Summary: Two tornadoes caught on camera, no injuries
Story No: 563378
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 05/02/2008 03:38 PM


AP Television News- No Access North America

Osage County, Oklahoma- 2 May 2008

1. Various of tornado

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Pawnee, Oklahoma- 2 May 2008

2. Various of tornado


Authorities were assessing damage early Friday after two rounds of severe thunderstorms raked across parts of the US state of Oklahoma.

The first round of storms produced at least two tornadoes on Thursday night, causing some damage but no injuries.

Another line of storms passed through the state during the overnight hours, with strong straight-line winds causing power outages in parts of the Oklahoma City metro area.

The National Weather Service says at least one large, cone-shaped twister touched down in Pawnee County west of Tulsa then tracked into Osage County near Pawhuska.

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Subjects: Tornadoes, Natural disasters, Weather, General news, Tornadoes, Accidents and disasters
Locations: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
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Cuba Gustav 3
Summary: Gustav slams Cuba as Cat 4 storm; many evacuated
Story No: 576538
Source: AP Television
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 08/31/2008 12:41 AM


1. Hurricane Gustave hitting Old Havana, Morro castle in the background

2. Various of city centre flooded, Cathedral and Plaza de Armas

3. Tracking shot of road towards Pinar del Rio, fallen trees

4. Bus passing through road with fallen trees

5. Wide of palm trees swaying in the wind

6. Two palm trees swaying on beach

7. Wide of palm trees swaying

8. Fallen road sign on side of road

9. Tracking shot of road full of fallen branches

10. Wide of Malecon boulevard and buildings at seaside under rain

11. Waves hitting bank

12. Army trucks going towards Pinar del Rio

13. Man in horse cart holding plastic sheet to protect himself from rain


Gustav howled into Cuba's Isla de Juventud as a monstrous Category Four hurricane on Saturday while both Cubans and US citizens scrambled to flee the path of the fast-growing storm.

Forecasters said Gustav was just short of becoming a top-scale Category 5 hurricane as it powered its way toward mainland Cuba, where authorities were hurriedly evacuating more than 240-thousand people from the nation's tobacco-rich western tip.

The hurricane was projected to plough into the oil-rich Gulf of Mexico at full force on Sunday, and reach the US coast Monday afternoon. A hurricane watch was issued from Texas east to Florida, an area that includes New Orleans, which Hurricane Katrina devastated in 2005.

Gustav already has killed 81 people by triggering floods and landslides in other Caribbean nations.

The storm knocked power out in many parts of Cuba's capital, Havana, as shrieking winds blasted sheets of rain sideways though the streets and whipped angry waves against the famed seaside Malecon boulevard.

Fallen tree branches and large chunks of muddy earth littered crowded roads.

The US National Hurricane Centre said Gustav had sustained winds of 150 miles per hour (240 ki8lometers per hour) - with higher gusts - as the heart of the storm began hitting Cuba's outlying island province of Isla de Juventud, where officials cut power to many areas.

A Category 5 hurricane has winds above 155 miles per hour (249 kilometres per hour).

The government said it had evacuated some 190-thousand people from low-lying parts of westernmost Cuba, Pinar del Rio province, where the tobacco for the island's famed cigars is grown.

Officials reported that 50-thousand people had been moved to higher ground farther east.

Cuba grounded all domestic flights and halted all buses and trains to and from Havana, where some shuttered stores had hand-scrawled "closed for evacuation" signs plastered to their doors.

Authorities boarded up banks, restaurants and hotels, and residents nailed bits of plywood to the windows and doors of their houses and apartments.

In tourist-friendly Old Havana, heavy winds and rain battered crumbling historic buildings.

There were no immediate reports of major damage, but a scaffolding erected against a building adjacent to the Plaza de Armas was

leaning at a dangerous angle.

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Subjects: Hurricanes, Natural disasters, Evacuations, Accidents and disasters, Storms, Plants, Tobacco farming, Tropical cyclones, General news, Tropical cyclones, Weather, Living things, Crop farming, Agriculture, Industries, Business
Locations: Havana, Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba
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US Twister
Summary: Tornado funnel cloud caught on camera in Kansas
Story No: 565954
Source: AP TELEVISION, William Hark
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 05/24/2008 08:32 AM



1. Various dramatic shots of huge tornado funnel cloud

2. Funnel cloud moving across the Interstate 70 highway

3. Various of funnel cloud moving across countryside

4. Wide of funnel cloud dispersing


Tornadoes rampaged across western and central Kansas for the second night in a row on Friday, destroying several homes and causing widespread damage to farm buildings and power lines.

Footage obtained by AP Television showed dramatic visuals of a gigantic tornado funnel speeding along highways and across the country side in Gove County, Kansas, before finally dissipating near Quinter city.

Local and state emergency officials were still assessing the damage in numerous counties late on Friday but only one injury had been reported.

A spokeswoman for the Kansas Adjutant General's Department, said a man was injured when his vehicle was blown across the Interstate 70 highway in Gove County.

He was taken to a hospital in Quinter and his condition was not immediately known.

The spokeswoman said Gove County officials reported at least 12 homes had been destroyed or suffered major damage.

Officials also issued a local disaster declaration, the first step before requesting state assistance.

Emergency officials in Commanche County said the city of Protection took a direct hit from the tornado but said initial assessments showed no injuries and mostly uprooted trees and power lines.

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Subjects: Tornadoes, Natural disasters, Weather, General news, Tornadoes, Accidents and disasters
Locations: Quinter, Kansas, United States
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US Storm
Summary: Aftermath of tornado which swept through downtown Atlanta
Story No: 557839
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 03/16/2008 06:26 AM


1. Tilt down damaged Westin Hotel to street level

2. Broken glass shards on street

3. Wide of damage to Philips Arena; pan right to CNN Centre

4. Tilt up Omni Hotel with broken windows

5. Broken windows; pull to wide shot Omni Hotel

6. Close of broken hotel windows, pull out to wide

7. Woman taking photo; pan left to debris atop damaged cars

8. Utility workers, pull out to wide of rubble in street and on cars

9. Utility worker in truck crane, pull to wide shot

10. Woman taking photo; pan left to damaged building

11. Damaged cars; pan right

12. Debris in street, pan across damaged cars and snapped tree trunks

13. Wide of Omni Hotel

14. Damage to Omni hotel windows

15. Damaged house

16. Various of emergency services


A state of emergency is in effect in Atlanta, Georgia, after a powerful tornado tore through the city's downtown on Friday night.

A tornado warning remained in effect until early Sunday.

The area was hit with severe storms on Saturday, although no further tornadoes were reported.

Weather service officials confirmed Saturday that a tornado hit around 9:40 pm as a thunderstorm roared through with wind up to 60 mph (96.5 kph), about 10 minutes after the weather service issued a tornado warning.

The tornado, with winds up to 130 miles per hour (209 kilometres), cut a 6-mile (9.6-kilometre) path through downtown Atlanta, smashing hundreds of windows in and around the CNN Centre blowing furniture and luggage out of hotel rooms and crumbling part of an apartment building.

At least 27 people were hurt, though no injuries was believed to be life-threatening, and no injuries were reported at the World Congress centre Philips Arena, and the Georgia Dome, which was packed with thousands of Southeastern Conference basketball fans.

Power was knocked out to about 19-thousand customers, and about 10-thousand remained without power on Saturday.

The tornado was the first on record in downtown Atlanta, a meteorologist said.

The last tornado to strike inside the city was in 1975, and it hit the governor's mansion north of downtown, the meteorologist said.

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Subjects: Property damage, Tornadoes, Natural disasters, Weather, Hotel operators, General news, Tornadoes, Accidents and disasters, Hospitality and leisure industry, Consumer services, Consumer products and services, Industries, Business
Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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Dominican Floods
Summary: At least 25 dead as Tropical Storm Olga rips through Carribean
Story No: 547104
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 12/13/2007 09:42 PM
People: Leonel Fernandez


Santiago Province

1. Flood water rushing over Tavera dam

2. Man walking in chest deep water

3. Pull out of flooding around electrical towers

4. Person being carried away in stretcher

5. Various of overflowing river

6. Houses in floodwaters

7. Medium of collapsed bridge

8. Wide of hosing complex, with cars piled on top of each other

9. Various of flooded neighbourhood

10. Close, floodwaters

11. Pan, car caught in flood

12. Pull out of man shovelling water out of his home

13. People trying to salvage their belongings

14. Various, flooded streets

15. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Leonel Fernandez, President of Dominican Republic

"Officials have to prepare an evaluation immediately, a report that explains what exactly the damages are and how the government can quickly respond to all that. Of course, there are things, which can already be noticed. Here in Bena Vista, as a result of the strength of the river various houses were affected."

16. People affected by flood standing with some of their belongings

17. Pan of floating debris

Duarte Province

18. Wide of flooded river

19. Pan of river

20. Various of bridge over flooded river

Santiago Province

21. Aid for residents affected by storm

22. Various of people lining up to receive aid

23. Pan of aid


Dominican authorities reported 11 more deaths Thursday from Tropical Storm Olga, raising to 25 the death toll across the Caribbean from the

second devastating storm to hit the island of Hispaniola in as many months.

The vast majority were killed in the central Dominican province of Santiago after officials, fearing a collapse of a dam, ordered the release of billions of gallons of water into the Yaque River and inundated seven towns along the waterway's path.

Whole settlements were flooded when officials, fearing the collapse of the Tavera Dam near Santiago, the country's second-largest city, ordered the release of billions of gallons of water into the Yaque River.

Furious residents said they were warned just minutes before waves as high as a two-story building came crashing down the river, sweeping away cars and cascading mud into homes and streets.

At one point 1.6 (m) million gallons was pouring out every second.

Olga weakened to a tropical depression and began to break apart as it moved west toward Cuba, but it continued to drop rain from outer bands over that island and the Bahamas, the US National Hurricane Centre reported.

Dominican emergency authorities searched for the dead in Santiago province, where at least 19 fatalities have been confirmed. Homes were filled with mud and people looted some residences looking for food or supplies.

The storm damaged 7,500 houses, leaving 34-thousand people homeless, emergency officials reported.

President Leonel Fernandez toured the destruction overnight, promising aid for families and damaged agriculture.

He did not comment on the decision to open the dam's floodgates and blamed global warming for the late December storm, which came two weeks after the Atlantic hurricane season officially ended.

Olga was only the 10th named storm to develop in December since records began in 1851, according, to the US National Hurricane Centre in Miami.

It passed through the Dominican Republic just six weeks after Tropical Storm Noel left 87 dead on its way to becoming the deadliest storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season.

Olga will be included in the tally for the 2007 hurricane season, bringing the number of named storms to 15, including six hurricanes. The next season begins June 1.

At least 214 people have been killed by flooding and landslides on Hispaniola, the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, since 1 October, 2007.

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Subjects: Floods, Storms, Weather, Tropical storms, Hurricanes, Natural disasters, Dams, Accidents and disasters, Weather patterns, General news, Tropical cyclones, Tropical cyclones, Environment and nature, Climate
People: Leonel Fernandez
Locations: Santiago, Santiago, Chile
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Haiti Noel
Summary: Aftermath of storm, destruction
Story No: 542254
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 11/02/2007 09:58 PM
People: Leonel Fernandez


1. Wide of swollen Duvier River

2. Various of bridge that collapsed when river overflowed

3. Various of makeshift shacks damaged by Tropical Storm Noel

4. SOUNDBITE: (Creole) Laine Pierre Raymond, Port-au-Prince resident

"That house, the water took it and with it went five family members. We have not seen a trace of them."

5. Close of cooking pot inside house

6. Exterior of house damaged by Noel

7. Interior of damaged house

8. Clothes and other personal belongings ruined by floods

9. Wide of woman standing in doorway of home, standing in mud, UPSOUND: (Creole) "I don't have anything to sleep on, the waves took everything."

10. Wide of shelter in Cite Soleil, slum of Port-au-Prince

11. Various of people left homeless by Noel floods taking refuge in Cite Soleil shelter


The island of Haiti was reeling on Friday from the effects of Tropical Noel, which wrecked homes, caused flooding, and killed at least 43 people.

In the capital, Port-au-Prince, homes were destroyed and belongings ruined, and many of the homeless in the slum area of Port-au-Prince had to bed down in a shelter.

U.N. helicopters were waiting for the driving rain lashing Haiti on Friday to subside before they could fly in and assess the flood damage from Tropical Storm Noel, now a hurricane, which killed at least 43 here and left thousands homeless.

The new showers from Noel's outer bands raised fears of further deaths in a country prone to catastrophic flooding.

In the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, the rains had largely let up, allowing flights carrying urgently needed relief supplies.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic confirmed 79 deaths there and said at least 62,000 of its citizens were left homeless by the storm.

After sweeping across Hispaniola, the storm grew into Hurricane Noel as it passed on Thursday over the Bahamas, where flooding killed one man and forced the evacuation of nearly 400 people.

The storm then shifted north over the ocean and headed parallel to the U.S. Atlantic coast towards Nova Scotia.

Noel is the deadliest storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, with at least 124 dead.

The United Nations, which has a large peacekeeping force in Haiti, planned to send helicopters to survey flood damage over the country's southern peninsula, which was hit hard by the storm.

But authorities did not know when they might be able to fly, as the Haitian national meteorological service predicted yet more rain.

Impoverished Haiti is particularly vulnerable to flooding because people have cut down most of the country's trees to make charcoal, leaving the hillsides barren and unable to absorb heavy rain.

The Dominican Republic is not as deforested but also suffers from severe flooding because of its steep mountains and large numbers of people who live in simple homes along its rivers.

Dominican President Leonel Fernandez pledged aid to flood victims, and the government said it had distributed more than 3 million food rations in the hardest hit areas. The first plane to arrive with international donations departed from Panama, carrying 100,000 pounds of relief supplies.

Heavy downpours also continued to pound much of eastern Cuba on Friday, and in Guantanamo province at Cuba's eastern tip, civil defence authorities warned of possible mudslides and reported that 60 percent of roads and highways were damaged or flooded.

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Subjects: Property damage, Weather, Floods, Storms, Disaster planning and response, Hurricanes, Natural disasters, Tropical storms, Accidents and disasters, General news, Tropical cyclones, Tropical cyclones
People: Leonel Fernandez
Locations: Port-au-Prince, Ouest, Haiti
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Mexico Hurricane 9
Summary: WRAP Aftermath of Hurricane Dean in Cancun
Story No: 533671
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 08/21/2007 02:50 PM


1. Wide of sea shore ++ MUTE SHOT++

2. Various shots from car of deserted streets with rain, wind and flooding

3. Wide of water filled street

4. Wide of street, police car ahead++ SHOT PARTIALLY MUTE++

5. Close-up of police car passing, water logged street

6. Ripped canopy on pole

7. Wide of store, pan up to canopy

8. Zoom in on men carrying items to military vehicle, zoom out to wide then close-up on truck

9. Palm trees blowing in strong winds

10. Pan from trees to military vehicle moving away

11. Zoom in on military vehicle moving away

12. Various of coastal roads


Hurricane Dean ploughed into the Caribbean coast of Mexico on Tuesday as a roaring Category 5 hurricane - the most intense Atlantic storm to make landfall in two decades.

Since then it has weakened to a Category 2 storm, with top sustained winds of 105 miles per hour (165 kilometres per hour) and the hurricane centre predicted more weakening as it crosses the Yucatan.

Scenes shot by AP Television in Cancun showed heavy rainfall and deserted streets with scattered flooding.

The storm lashed ancient Mayan ruins and headed for the modern oil installations of the Yucatan Peninsula.

The eye of the storm made landfall near Majahual, a port popular with cruise liners and about 40 miles (65 kilometres) east-northeast of Chetumal and the Belize border, according to the US National Hurricane Centre.

Dean made landfall in a sparsely populated coastline that had already been evacuated, skirting most of the major tourist resorts.

There were no immediate reports of deaths, injuries or major damage, Quintana Roo Governor Felix Gonzalez told Mexico's Televisa network.

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Locations: Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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Jamaica Aftermath 2
Summary: More destruction in the wake of Hurricane Dean, troops
Story No: 533596
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 08/20/2007 07:42 PM


1. Close-up of man chopping tree

2. Various of man chopping up fallen tree in road

3. Women crossing street, displaced car in background

4. Close of displaced car on stone wall

5. Various of bulldozer pushing earth

6. Wide of damaged building, women taking photographs

7. Close-up of people looking at damage next to coast

8. Mid of damaged building

9. Various of people surveying damage to house

10. People walking into house

11. Wide of people gathered outside houses

12. Various of family treading over debris in street


13. Various of military vehicles driving down street

14. Close-up of sign reading: (English) "Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management" (ODPEM)


Residents in the Jamaican town of Harbour View on Monday began the process of clearing up and rebuilding after Hurricane Dean battered the island's south coast, tearing roofs from many homes and businesses, uprooting trees and flooding roads.

Jamaica avoided a direct hit when the storm passed to the south on Sunday night.

The storm has killed at least 10 people during its passage across the Caribbean with police in Harbour View saying that two people died during the storm.

The Jamaican government set up more than 1-thousand shelters in converted schools, churches and the indoor national sports arena, but only 47 were occupied as the storm moved in, officials from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management said.

The Mayor of the Portmore community near Kingston said appeals to evacuate went unheeded.

Some islanders said they were afraid for their belongings if they moved to shelters.

Curfews were in effect until Monday evening. Authorities also cut power on the island to prevent damage to the power grid.

Many tourists who did not get flights out took shelter at places like Sandals Whitehouse, a resort that has buildings capable of withstanding a powerful storm.

The storm also skirted the Cayman Islands on Monday and was racing towards Mexico's resort-dotted Caribbean coast.

Hurricane Dean could reach the highest level, Category 5, with maximum winds greater than 155 miles per hour (249 kilometres per hour) later on Monday, the US National Hurricane Centre in Miami said.

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Subjects: Natural disasters, Property damage, Emergency management, Disaster planning and response, Coastlines and beaches, Accidents and disasters, General news, Government and politics, Environment and nature
Locations: Harbour View, Saint Andrew, Jamaica
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