Sandy pounds Bahamas after killing 29 in Caribbean

  • Matt Francis of Virginia Beach holds on to his hat as the wind-driven sand and rain from Hurricane Sandy blow across the beaches of Sandbridge in Virginia Beach on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. (L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot)Matt Francis of Virginia Beach holds on to his hat as the wind-driven sand and rain from Hurricane Sandy blow across the beaches of Sandbridge in Virginia Beach on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. (L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot)
  • Mike Strobel fills sandbags for his business, Mike's Carpet Connection, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Fenwick Island, Del., as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Mid-Atlantic states. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Mike Strobel fills sandbags for his business, Mike's Carpet Connection, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, in Fenwick Island, Del., as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Mid-Atlantic states. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • A car goes through high water in Ocean City, Md., on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Mid-Atlantic coast. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)A car goes through high water in Ocean City, Md., on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, as Hurricane Sandy bears down on the Mid-Atlantic coast. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Ocean water rolls over Route 12 at the north end of Buxton, N.C., at dawn on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, as waves from Hurricane Sandy battered Hatteras Island. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)Ocean water rolls over Route 12 at the north end of Buxton, N.C., at dawn on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, as waves from Hurricane Sandy battered Hatteras Island. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)
  • High winds blow sea foam into the air as a pedestrian crosses Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head, N.C., on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, as wind and rain from Hurricane Sandy move into the area. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)High winds blow sea foam into the air as a pedestrian crosses Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head, N.C., on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, as wind and rain from Hurricane Sandy move into the area. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
  • Large waves generated by Hurricane Sandy crash into Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, as the storm moves up the East Coast. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Large waves generated by Hurricane Sandy crash into Jeanette's Pier in Nags Head, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, as the storm moves up the East Coast. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
  • Store workers Fletcher Birch, right, and Jay Kleman finish boarding up the windows on a surf store in Ocean City, Md., on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, as Hurricane Sandy approaches the Atlantic coast. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)Store workers Fletcher Birch, right, and Jay Kleman finish boarding up the windows on a surf store in Ocean City, Md., on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, as Hurricane Sandy approaches the Atlantic coast. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
  • A worker boards up the windows of the store as Hurricane Sandy approaches in Ocean City, Md., on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)A worker boards up the windows of the store as Hurricane Sandy approaches in Ocean City, Md., on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
  • Palms along highway 24 at the Nancy Lee Fishing Center bend in the tropical storm-force winds being generated by Hurricane Sandy, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Atlantic Beach, N.C. (AP Photo/The Jacksonville Daily News, Chuck Beckley)Palms along highway 24 at the Nancy Lee Fishing Center bend in the tropical storm-force winds being generated by Hurricane Sandy, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 in Atlantic Beach, N.C. (AP Photo/The Jacksonville Daily News, Chuck Beckley)
  • Red flags fly from a lifeguard station as Hurricane Sandy passes offshore to the east, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, in Miami Beach, Fla. Hurricane Sandy left at least 21 people dead as it moved through the Caribbean, following a path that could see it blend with a winter storm and reach the U.S. East Coast as a super-storm next week. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)Red flags fly from a lifeguard station as Hurricane Sandy passes offshore to the east, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, in Miami Beach, Fla. Hurricane Sandy left at least 21 people dead as it moved through the Caribbean, following a path that could see it blend with a winter storm and reach the U.S. East Coast as a super-storm next week. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
  • A resident holds a metal sheet on the roof of a damaged house in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 25, 2012, after heavy rains brought by Hurricane Sandy . The hurricane was blamed for the death of an elderly man in Jamaica who was crushed by a boulder. Another man and two women died while trying to cross storm-swollen rivers in southwestern Haiti. (Associated Press)A resident holds a metal sheet on the roof of a damaged house in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 25, 2012, after heavy rains brought by Hurricane Sandy . The hurricane was blamed for the death of an elderly man in Jamaica who was crushed by a boulder. Another man and two women died while trying to cross storm-swollen rivers in southwestern Haiti. (Associated Press)
  • A woman stands at the entrance of her house in front of a fallen palm tree after the passing of Hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, on Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba on Thursday as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)A woman stands at the entrance of her house in front of a fallen palm tree after the passing of Hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, on Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba on Thursday as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)
  • A fallen placard lies on the ground after the passing of Hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, on Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)A fallen placard lies on the ground after the passing of Hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, on Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)
  • Soldiers an rescue workers patrol after the passing of Hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, on Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)Soldiers an rescue workers patrol after the passing of Hurricane Sandy in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, on Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)
  • Resident Antonio Garces tries to recover his belongings from his house, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, in Aguacate, Cuba, on Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)Resident Antonio Garces tries to recover his belongings from his house, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, in Aguacate, Cuba, on Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)
  • Fallen palm trees lie on a road in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, on Oct. 25, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)Fallen palm trees lie on a road in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, on Oct. 25, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)
  • Resident Antonio Garces tries to recover his belongings from his house, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, in Aguacate, Cuba, on Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)Resident Antonio Garces tries to recover his belongings from his house, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, in Aguacate, Cuba, on Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)
  • A Fort Lauderdale Police car stops at a fallen palm tree trunk blocking a road in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 25, 2012. (Associated Press)A Fort Lauderdale Police car stops at a fallen palm tree trunk blocking a road in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Oct. 25, 2012. (Associated Press)
  • A surfer (rear left) takes advantage of waves produced by Hurricane Sandy's outer bands at Haulover Beach in Miami as the Bal Harbour police patrol the area on Oct. 25, 2012. (Associated Press/El Nuevo Herald)A surfer (rear left) takes advantage of waves produced by Hurricane Sandy's outer bands at Haulover Beach in Miami as the Bal Harbour police patrol the area on Oct. 25, 2012. (Associated Press/El Nuevo Herald)
  • A man removes mud from his tap tap with flood water caused by heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 25, 2012 in La Plaine, Haiti, as residents of the Port-au-Prince neighbor tried to recover from the aftermath of the storm. (Associated Press/The Miami Herald)A man removes mud from his tap tap with flood water caused by heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 25, 2012 in La Plaine, Haiti, as residents of the Port-au-Prince neighbor tried to recover from the aftermath of the storm. (Associated Press/The Miami Herald)
  • A resident carries a metal sheet, part of a damaged house after heavy rains brought by Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 25,  2012. Sandy was blamed for the death of an elderly man in Jamaica who was crushed by a boulder. Another man and two women died while trying to cross storm-swollen rivers in southwestern Haiti. (Associated Press)A resident carries a metal sheet, part of a damaged house after heavy rains brought by Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 25, 2012. Sandy was blamed for the death of an elderly man in Jamaica who was crushed by a boulder. Another man and two women died while trying to cross storm-swollen rivers in southwestern Haiti. (Associated Press)
  • A man watches a river affected by heavy rains brought by Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 25,  2012. Sandy was blamed for the death of an elderly man in Jamaica who was crushed by a boulder. Another man and two women died while trying to cross storm-swollen rivers in southwestern Haiti. (Associated Press)A man watches a river affected by heavy rains brought by Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 25, 2012. Sandy was blamed for the death of an elderly man in Jamaica who was crushed by a boulder. Another man and two women died while trying to cross storm-swollen rivers in southwestern Haiti. (Associated Press)
  • A resident drains mud from a flooded house after heavy rains brought by Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 25, 2012. Sandy was blamed for the death of an elderly man in Jamaica who was crushed by a boulder. Another man and two women died while trying to cross storm-swollen rivers in southwestern Haiti. (Associated Press)A resident drains mud from a flooded house after heavy rains brought by Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Oct. 25, 2012. Sandy was blamed for the death of an elderly man in Jamaica who was crushed by a boulder. Another man and two women died while trying to cross storm-swollen rivers in southwestern Haiti. (Associated Press)
  • A driver maneuvers his classic American car along a wet road in Havana on Oct. 25, 2012, as a wave crashes against the car. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)A driver maneuvers his classic American car along a wet road in Havana on Oct. 25, 2012, as a wave crashes against the car. Hurricane Sandy blasted across eastern Cuba as a potent Category 2 storm and headed for the Bahamas after causing at least two deaths in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)
  • Residents stand Oct. 25, 2012, on a bridge that was previously destroyed in 2008 by Tropical Storm Gustav, while watching Hope River swell in the village of Kintyre, near Kingston, Jamaica, after the passing of Hurricane Sandy. (Associated Press)Residents stand Oct. 25, 2012, on a bridge that was previously destroyed in 2008 by Tropical Storm Gustav, while watching Hope River swell in the village of Kintyre, near Kingston, Jamaica, after the passing of Hurricane Sandy. (Associated Press)
  • In this image taken by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES East satellite on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, Hurricane Sandy is seen on the East Coast of the United States. (AP Photo/NOAA)In this image taken by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES East satellite on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, Hurricane Sandy is seen on the East Coast of the United States. (AP Photo/NOAA)
  • Piles of sand were trucked onto the beach at 2nd Avenue in North Wildwood, N.J., Friday Oct. 26, 2012 as the storm approaches. A year after being walloped by Hurricane Irene, residents rushed to put away boats, harvest crops and sandbag boardwalks Friday as the Eastern Seaboard braced for a rare megastorm that experts said would cause much greater havoc (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Dale Gerhard)Piles of sand were trucked onto the beach at 2nd Avenue in North Wildwood, N.J., Friday Oct. 26, 2012 as the storm approaches. A year after being walloped by Hurricane Irene, residents rushed to put away boats, harvest crops and sandbag boardwalks Friday as the Eastern Seaboard braced for a rare megastorm that experts said would cause much greater havoc (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Dale Gerhard)
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NASSAU, Bahamas — Hurricane Sandy raged through the Bahamas early Friday after leaving 29 people dead across the Caribbean, following a path that could see it blend with a winter storm to hit the U.S. East Coast with a super-storm next week.

Sandy knocked out power, flooded roads and cut off islands in the storm-hardened Bahamas as it swirled past Cat Island and Eleuthera, but authorities reported no deaths in the scattered archipelago.

“Generally people are realizing it is serious,” said Caroline Turnquest, head of the Red Cross in the Bahamas, who said 20 shelters were opened on the main island of New Providence.

Sandy, which weakened to a category 1 hurricane Thursday night, caused havoc in Cuba Thursday, killing 11 people in eastern Santiago and Guantanamo provinces as its howling winds and rain toppled houses and ripped off roofs. Authorities said it was Cuba’s deadliest storm since July 2005, when category 5 Hurricane Dennis killed 16 people and caused $2.4 billion in damage.

Sandy also killed one person while battering Jamaica on Wednesday and 16 in Haiti, where heavy rains from the storm’s outer bands caused flooding in the impoverished and deforested country. Police in the Bahamas said a 66-year-old man died after falling from his roof in upscale Lyford Cay late Thursday while trying to repair a window shutter.

On Friday morning, the hurricane’s center was about 15 miles (25 kilometers) east of Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas and 480 miles (770 kilometers) south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. Sandy was moving northwest at 10 mph (17 kph) with maximum sustained winds near 80 mph (130 kph).

Government officials in the Bahamas said the storm seems to have inflicted the greatest damage on Exuma, where there were reports of downed trees, power lines and damage to homes.

With the storm projected to hit the Atlantic coast early Tuesday, there was a 90 percent chance that most of the U.S. East Coast would get steady gale-force winds, flooding, heavy rain and maybe snow starting Sunday and stretching past Wednesday, U.S. forecaster Jim Cisco said.

A new tropical storm watch was issued early Friday for a section of the U.S. East Coast extending from Savannah, Ga., northward to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Sandy was expected to remain a hurricane almost until reaching the U.S. shoreline, probably early Tuesday.

In the Bahamas, power was out on Acklins Island and most roads there were flooded, government administrator Berkeley Williams said.

On Ragged Island in the southern Bahamas, the lone school was flooded.

“We have holes in roofs, lost shingles and power lines are down,” said Charlene Bain, local Red Cross president. “But nobody lost a life, that’s the important thing.”

Steven Russell, an emergency management official in Nassau, said docks on the western side of Great Inagua island had been destroyed and the roof of a government building was partially ripped off.

Sooner Halvorson, a 36-year-old hotel owner from Colorado who recently moved to the Bahamas, said she and her husband, Matt, expected to ride out the storm with their two young children, three cats, two dogs and a goat at their Cat Island resort.

“We brought all of our animals inside,” she said, though she added that a horse stayed outside. “She’s a 40-year-old horse from the island. She’s been through tons of hurricanes.”

In an announcement at the end of Cuba’s Thursday night newscast, Cuban authorities said the island’s 11 dead included a 4-month-old boy who was crushed when his home collapsed and an 84-year-old man in Santiago province.

There were no reports of injuries at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, but there were downed trees and power lines, said Kelly Wirfel, a base spokeswoman. Officials canceled a military tribunal session scheduled for Thursday for the prisoner charged in the 2000 attack on the Navy destroyer USS Cole.

In Haiti, Joseph Edgard Celestin, a spokesman for the civil protection office, said the country’s death toll stood at 16, including some who died while trying to cross storm-swollen rivers in southwestern Haiti. He did not provide specifics of how other people died.

Officials reported flooding across Haiti, where many of the 370,000 people still displaced by the devastating 2010 earthquake scrambled for shelter. More than 1,000 people were evacuated from 11 quake settlements, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Sandy was blamed for the death of an elderly man in Jamaica.

Associated Press writers Danica Coto in San Juan, Puerto Rico; David McFadden in Kingston, Jamaica; Trenton Daniel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Ben Fox in Guantanamo, Cuba; Seth Borenstein in Washington; Juan McCartney in Nassau, Bahamas; and Fernando Gonzalez, Paul Haven, Andrea Rodriguez and Anne-Marie Garcia in Havana contributed to this report.

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