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In pictures: Gustav strikes Cuba

A Cuban walks over debris from destroyed houses, on August 30, 2008 in Los Palacios city in Pinar del Rio province -100 km west of Havana.

Hurricane Gustav was just short of Category 5 strength when it made landfall on mainland Cuba near Los Palacios in Pinar del Rio on Saturday.

Woman inspects her furniture

Residents did what they could to protect their possessions from floodwater.

Cuban man stands outside his destroyed home

But the powerful storm toppled telephone poles and fruit trees, shattered windows and tore off the tin roofs of homes.

Woman inspects the remnants of her furniture

Many people returned to find their homes ruined.

Man stands in ruins of home

The Pinar del Rio region produces much of the tobacco used to make Cuban cigars.

Two men shield themselves from the elements

Even before the hurricane hit, people had to contend with the fierce rains that marked its approach.

In Havana, heavy winds and rain battered crumbling historic buildings.

In Havana, heavy winds and rain battered crumbling historic buildings.


Winds blasted sheets of rain sideways though the streets and whipped angry waves against Havana's famed Malecon boulevard.

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