Monday, August 16, 2004
In Grenada, tropical Storm Earl unleashed heavy rains and violent winds that felled trees and ripped off roofs of several homes on Sunday. Several hundred people fled their homes in low-lying areas of the country and moved to shelters set up in schools. Severe flooding was also reported in western Grenada. One nursing home was evacuated, and more than 30 residents were moved to a local shelter. In nearby St. Vincent and the Grenadines, airports were temporarily closed as dangerous winds damaged and destroyed homes and banana crops. Since the beginning of the hurricane season four people have been killed in Cuba and one in Jamaica.