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Deadly hurricane season
Central and North America have been pounded by four hurricanes which have killed more than 1,500 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless. BBC News Online looks back at one of the deadliest hurricane seasons for years.

HURRICANE JEANNE

Jeanne has proved to be the deadliest of all the hurricanes this season, killing more than 1,500 people.

Satellite image of tropical storm Jeanne as it hits the island of Hispaniola
The hurricane hit Puerto Rico on 15 September, while it was still a tropical storm, and killed at least two people. The following day it came ashore on the island of Hispaniola, divided between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

At least 11 people were killed in Dominican Republic as flood waters forced thousands to flee their homes or seek refuge on roofs and tree tops.

In Haiti more than 1,500 people died, many drowned, when torrential rains and rising floodwaters submerged entire cities and towns in the north of the country.

Widespread deforestation in Haiti is believed to have made the situation worse.

After strengthening to a hurricane, Jeanne pounded the US state of Florida, already battered by Hurricane Frances in early September.

HURRICANE IVAN

The most powerful of the hurricanes so far this season, Ivan caused more than 100 deaths as it lashed several Caribbean islands and parts of the US.

Satellite image of Hurricane Ivan as the eye of the storm approaches the Alabama coast
Hurricane Ivan hit the Caribbean island of Tobago on 7 September, killing one person, before pounding Grenada where it left at least 37 dead and most of the buildings in the capital, St George's, destroyed.

Dozens more lost their lives as Ivan struck Barbados, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba, and the Cayman Islands.

On 16 September, Hurricane Ivan became the third major hurricane to hit the US in six weeks, battering the Alabama coast and the Florida panhandle, as well as three other states.

Ivan is believed to have caused 49 deaths in the US.

HURRICANE FRANCES

Frances, a storm the size of the state of Texas, prompted the biggest evacuation in Florida's history as nearly 2.5 million people fled their homes.

Satellite image of Hurricane Frances as it passes east of Cuba toward Miami
Frances hit the Bahamas late on 1 September and stalled over the region for several days. At least two people were killed as the hurricane ripped apart roofs, shattered windows and flooded streets.

On 4 September, Frances hit the Florida panhandle killing at least four people and leaving some six million residents without power.

HURRICANE CHARLEY

Charley was packing winds up to 145mph (230km/h) when it made landfall on Florida's west coast on 14 August.

Satellite image of Hurricane Charley as it heads towards Florida's Gulf coast
About 20 deaths have been linked to Charley, which left thousands homeless.

The hurricane had earlier slammed into Cuba, causing at least three deaths and widespread damage to property. Charley has also been blamed for one death in Jamaica on 12 August.




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