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"Officials measured gusts of 212 mph"

Published on August 31, 2008 3:13 PM | Comments

Wow - not much is usually left at that point (from the NY Times):

Officials measured gusts of 212 mph (340 kph) in the western town of Paso Real del San Diego -- a new national record for maximum wind speed in a country often hit by major hurricanes, said Miguel Angel Hernandez of the Cuban Institute of Meteorology.

A Cuban television reporter on the Isla de la Juventud said the storm had felt like ''the blast wave from a bomb.''

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