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Hurricane Sandy rages through Bahamas, after killing 29 in Caribbean

Nassau, Bahamas, Oct 27 (): Hurricane Sandy stormed through Bahamas in the early hours of Friday leaving 29 dead across Caribbean islands and then followed a path blending with winter storm and hit the eastern coast of U.S. with a heavy-storm in next week.

Hurricane Sandy is so powerful that it knocked out the power supply, flooded roads and the islands in storm hit Bahamas were cut off as it whirled around Eleuthera and Cat Island, but authorities said no deaths were reported in the distributed archipelago.

Caroline Turnquest, Red Cross head in Bahamas said people are finding it serious and said about 20 shelters were made on the main island of the New Providence.

The hurricane weakened to category 1 on Thursday night causing havoc in Cuba, killing about 11 people in Guantanamo provinces and in eastern Santiago as the heavy rain and howling winds ripped the roofs of houses and also in some places toppled houses. Authorities said Sandy was Cuba’s most fatal storm since 2005 July, when Hurricane Dennis of category 5 caused $2.4 billion damage and killed 16 people.

Sandy killed one man while smashing Jamaica Wednesday and 16 people in Haiti, where heavy downpours of the storm caused flooding in the deforested country. A 66 year old man died on Thursday after falling from his roof in upscale Lyford Cay while trying to repair a window shutter.

Friday, the center of hurricane was about 25 kilometers (15 miles) eastern side of Great Abaco Island in Bahamas and 770 kilometers (480 miles) southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. Sandy was moving northwest at 10 mph (17 kph) with maximum constant winds near 80 mph (130 kph). The storm has caused greatest damage in Exuma, where reports said the trees were downed; power lines were cut and damaged homes.

Early Tuesday, the storm is projected to hit Atlantic coast and there was 90 percent chance of receiving steady gale-force winds on the east coast of US, heavy rain and flooding maybe snow would be starting on Sunday and extending past Wednesday, Jim Cisco, U.S. forecaster said.