Cuba braces for deadly hurricane
World seems to be reeling under the calamities. While some part of India is badly suffering due to heavy flood, Cuba is getting ready for deadly Hurricane. After sweeping through Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica and killing more than 70 people and causing widespread damage.
The deadly hurricane's projected path also includes oil-producing Gulf of Mexico, before striking the US early next week. Gustav Hurricane has reached today close to east of Isla de la Juventud near the western tip of Cuba.
Mass evacuations are under way in Cuba hours before Hurricane Gustav is due to blow in after wreaking destruction around the Caribbean.
Some 13,000 residents and 4,000 tourists were evacuated on Friday from low-lying coastal regions and the capital Havana is also on storm alert.
Half a million sacks of valuable dried cigar tobacco have been stored away.
Gustav has reached Category 3 strength - the same as Katrina when it hit New Orleans in 2005 - and could increase.
The US city has issued a mandatory evacuation order for coastal districts, or parishes, which comes into force on Saturday.
Overnight, Gustav, which now packs maximum sustained winds of up to 205km/h (125mph), struck the low-lying Cayman Islands.