HAVANA, Nov 8, 2008 (AFP) - Hurricane
Paloma, packing winds of 220 kilometers (140 miles) an hour, rolled over
the Cayman Islands Saturday and prepared to slam into the coast of Cuba.
Cuban authorities issued maximum hurricane
warnings for six provinces ahead of the arrival of Paloma, a Category Four
hurricane on a scale of five, with hundreds of thousands expected to be
About 3,000 foreign tourists are being
sheltered on northern holiday islands in the central region of Ciego de
Avila, Cuba's Civil Defense said.
Residents of the Cayman Islands, a British