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Ike causes heavy damage, heads toward Cuba

The damage is severe in the Turks and Caicos islands after a pounding from Hurricane Ike's 135 mile-an-hour winds.

The storm ripped off roofs, damaging more than 80% of the homes on Grand Turk and South Caicos islands. Fishermen's boats were sunk by the storm. There's no word yet on deaths or injuries.

In Haiti, the storm has blocked a road that was used to deliver aid to the flooded city of Gonaives, where thousands were left stranded and hungry by Hurricane Hanna. Half the homes in Haiti's fourth-largest city were already under water.

As of 11 a.m., Eastern time, the eye of the storm was just east of Great Inagua Island in the southeastern Bahamas. From a shelter there, a police officer says it's "looking terrible." He says, "All we can do is hunker down and pray."

Forecasters say the eye of the storm is expected to make landfall in Cuba tonight, on a path that could hit Havana by tomorrow night. From there, the storm could swipe at the Florida Keys before moving into the Gulf of Mexico.

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