Hurricane Ike kills and displaces thousands othersSeptember 8th, 2008 - 12:54 pm ICT by David M N James
Hurricane Ike struck destroying houses and crops on islands. It struck Cuba leading to heavy rains and serious floods. This was the same in Haiti where it killed more than 58 in a country where 300 people have died due to floods.
Ike will hit Havana today and warnings have been issued to evacuate. People have fled their homes on low lands and camped in the higher ground.
Ike is poised to strike Florida. National Hurricane Center has advised on early evacuation. Residents of the Florida Keys fled up a narrow highway to avoid the killer hurricane which weather experts expect to strike early Tuesday morning.
Ike killed 58 people died as its winds and rain swept Haiti on Sunday. In the Dominican Republic, Ike has fell trees and killed men. Ike struck Turks and Caicos and the southernmost Bahamas islands as a Category 4 hurricane. People took shelter in make shift camps at higher grounds. Ike has already displaced about 600,000 after it made its landfall in Eastern Cuba on Sunday. Ike will move to the Gulf of Mexico early Tuesday morning. On Sunday 11 pm, Ike was a Category 3 hurricane with its winds at a speed of 120 mph (195 kph).
Ike has left much of Haiti desolate and flooded after heavy rains pounded the area displacing people and leaving dozens dead. Muddied bodies of the dead were littered across the ground and later picked and taken to a morgue in the Always Funeral Home. Ike is still rated as a highly dangerous hurricane with its ranking still at Category 4.