Paloma's fury batters Cayman Islands, aims at Cuba

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands -- Hours after battering the Cayman Islands, Hurricane Paloma, now a dangerous Category 4 storm, began barreling down on Cuba late on Saturday afternoon.

Bands of rain began drenching Cuba's south-central coast about 1 p.m., forecasters at the National Hurricane Center said. Residents were told to expect ''potentially catastrophic'' storm surges of up to 25 feet in the coming hours.

The storm unleashed a fury of rain and packed heavy winds on the Cayman Islands overnight.

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