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Paloma Weakens Over Cuba


U.S. weather forecasters have downgraded the tropical storm named Paloma to a tropical depression as it weakens over Cuba.

At last report Sunday, the storm was located near the city of Camaguey, with winds of 55 kilometers per hour. When Paloma came ashore Saturday as a hurricane, its winds downed power lines, toppled trees and damaged homes across the southern coast of Cuba.

Paloma is expected to continue weakening as it nears Cuba's northern coast and heads toward the Bahamas. Both the Cuban and Bahamian governments have discontinued all warnings associated with the storm.

A storm surge caused coastal flooding in Cuba. Paloma also dumped considerable rain on parts of the island nation, and is expected to do the same to parts of the Bahamas.

Paloma is the third major hurricane to hit Cuba this year. Ike and Gustav caused billions of dollars in damage.

Paloma drenched the Cayman Islands with torrential rains late last week, ripping roofs off of buildings and toppling trees.

There have been no reports of storm-related deaths.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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