Sandy pounds Bahamas after killing 22 in Caribbean


NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Power is out in parts of the Bahamas after a blow from Hurricane Sandy.

It weakened to a Category 1 storm overnight, with top winds of 80 miles an hour, but not before flooding roads and cutting off islands in the Bahamas. One man died in a fall from his roof while trying to repair a window shutter.

Officials in the Bahamas say the storm seems to have inflicted the greatest damage on the island of Exuma, where there are reports of downed trees, power lines and damage to homes.

In all, the storm is linked to 22 deaths across the Caribbean.

And it's now on a path that could see it blend with a winter storm as it hits the U.S. East Coast early next week.

The hurricane left 11 people dead in Cuba as its winds and rain toppled houses and ripped off roofs. It was Cuba's deadliest storm in more than seven years. Nine people died in Haiti, and one in Jamaica.

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155-a-11-(Bruce Terry, meteorologist, National Weather Service, in AP interview)-"during that time"-At the National Forecast Desk, forecaster Bruce Terry says Hurricane Sandy will come ashore early next week. (26 Oct 2012)

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150-a-14-(Dave Roberts, Navy hurricane specialist, National Hurricane Center, AP interview)-"Charleston South Carolina"-National Hurricane Center specialist Dave Roberts says at last report Sandy is still a category 1 hurricane. ((watch for dating)) (26 Oct 2012)

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GRAPHICSBANK: HURRICANE SANDY lettering with Hurricane symbol, over satellite image, finished graphic (26 Oct 2012)

GRAPHICSBANK: Hurricane SANDY FORECAST map (8 am - 10/26/2012) with location off coast of Florida with National Hurricane Center forecast track, over map with predicted locations and lettering, finished graphic (26 Oct 2012)

APPHOTO GFX832: Map shows path of Hurricane Sandy (26 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO XRE110: Resident Antonio Garces tries to recover his belongings from his house destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in Aguacate, Cuba, Thursday Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba on Thursday as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes) (25 Oct 2012)

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APPHOTO FLMIH104: Locals walk across the flooded streets of La Plaine, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy caused flooding and claimed three lives. Hurricane Sandy roared across Cuba overnight, making landfall as a powerful 115-mph storm. Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince is still feeling the ripple effects, with gusty continuing rain as the Sandy makes its way towards the Bahamas. (AP Photo/The Miami Herald, Carl Juste) MAGS OUT (25 Oct 2012)

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