August 27, 2008

Hurricane Gustav Kills 11 in Haiti

Haitian officials said Wednesday at least 11 people had been killed after Hurricane Gustav's landfall triggered flooding and landslides.

The tropical storm that became a Category 1 hurricane in less than 14 hours in the Caribbean Monday hit Haiti's southern coast Tuesday morning, bringing torrential rains. Haitian radio and CNN reported the swaths of water cut one village in two, as U.S. forecasters in Miami warned of 12 inches of rain with double that possible in isolated areas.

Gustav's winds diminished from 95 mph landfall speeds to 60 mph Wednesday, although it stopped moving Wednesday morning for several hours, adding to the deluge. U.S. forecasters said it would move west and become a hurricane once over open waters.

Haitian radio said the country was still trying to recover from last week's arrival of Tropical Storm Fay, which killed at least 50 people, most of whom were in a bus washed away in a landslide.