Associated Press - September 7, 2008 10:43 PM ET
MIAMI (AP) - The National Hurricane Center in Miami says powerful Hurricane Ike has roared ashore in eastern Cuba.
The center said Ike slammed into Cuba's Holguin province at 9:45 p.m. EDT Sunday as a dangerous Category 3 storm.
Meteorologist Todd Kimberlain says Ike is now walloping easternmost Cuba with winds close to 125 mph. He says it is moving mostly on a westward course and could rake Cuba over the length of the central portion of the island in coming hours.
He says the storm is expected to re-emerge sometime Tuesday over the Caribbean island's western coast before taking aim next at the Gulf of Mexico.
Forecasters are urging coastal dwellers all along the Gulf from Florida to Mexico to be watching as Ike takes an uncertain path.