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In pictures: Hurricane Gustav

A Cuban girl waits to be evacuated in Surgidero de Batabano, Cuba

Hurricane Gustav, which has reached a fearsome Category 4, has roared through western Cuba en route to the US.

Residents observe a flooded street in Los Palacios city in Pinar del Rio province on 30 August.

The storm hit Cuba's western Pinar del Rio province on Saturday with winds of up to 240km/h (150mph), causing damage to property but no reported fatalities.

A boy carries a rooster to a shelter in Batabano, Cuba, on 30 August

More than 300,000 people had been evacuated from coastal areas in Cuba, to escape extensive flooding.

High winds whip up the sea at George Town, Grand Cayman Island, on 30 August

The storm had earlier killed more than 80 people when it swept through the Caribbean.

A bridge lies in ruins in Kingston, Jamaica, on 29 August

Four people were killed in Jamaica, where the storm also shattered roads and bridges such as this one in Kingston.

A storm wave breaks against the waterfront in George Town, Grand Cayman Island, on 30 August

The Caymans felt its force on Friday night, with storm surges and heavy rain flooding. People took refuge in government shelters and there were no reports of injuries.

Tourists walk past a boarded-up bar in New Orleans on 30 August.

The storm is predicted to reach America's north Gulf Coast on Monday and local people have been securing their property as best they can.

Residents of New Orleans evacuate the city on 30 August.

The mayor of New Orleans has issued a mandatory evacuation order and warned that anyone deciding to stay behind would be making "the biggest mistake of their lives".

A member of the Louisiana National Guard walks past a cash machine in New Orleans on 30 August.

The order covers every person in the city, including the emergency services - only a handful of city workers will remain behind.

New Orleans residents evacuate west along Interstate 10 on 29 August

Thousands of New Orleans residents have been leaving the city by car, fearing a repeat of the Hurricane Katrina disaster of 2005.



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