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SAN JUAN — Hurricane Irene cut power to more than 1 million people, downed trees and flooded streets in Puerto Rico on Monday.

Forecasters warned that Irene could be a major storm as it threatens Florida and South Carolina by the end of the week.

No reports of deaths or major injuries were reported in Puerto Rico, but Gov. Luis Fortuno declared a state of emergency and urged people to stay indoors to avoid downed power lines, flooded streets and other hazards.

The first hurricane of the Atlantic storm season posed an immediate threat to the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, though the center of the hurricane was expected to miss neighboring Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola.

Nearly 600,000 Haitians are still homeless as a result of the January 2010 earthquake, and the country still could sustain heavy rain and tropical-storm-force winds.


Some centrifuges moved to underground site

TEHRAN — Iran has moved some of its centrifuges to an underground uranium enrichment site that offers better protection from airstrikes, the country’s vice president said Monday.

Engineers are “hard at work” preparing the facility in Fordo, which is carved into a mountain to protect it against attacks, to house the centrifuges, Fereidoun Abbasi was quoted as saying by state TV.

Mr. Abbasi, who is also Iran’s nuclear chief, did not say how many centrifuges have been moved to Fordo or whether the machines installed are the new, more efficient centrifuges Iran has promised or the old IR-1 types.

He did specify that the centrifuges will be taken to Fordo from Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, central Iran.

Uranium enrichment lies at the heart of Iran’s dispute with the West, a technology that can be used to produce nuclear fuel or materials for atomic bombs.


10 killed in buildings destroyed by flooding

MAIDUGURI — Nigerian emergency authorities said at least 10 people have died in building collapses caused by heavy rains in the country’s north.

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