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Cat. 2 hurricane threatens Cancun, Cuba may be next

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - Forecasters say Hurricane Paula is expected to weaken slightly as it moves to the northeast, on a course that would carry it into western Cuba by tonight or early tomorrow.

Civil Defense officials in Cuba are warning people in parts of the country to watch for heavy rains and flooding.

The storm moved east of the Mexican resort of Cancun early today, but there are no reports of major problems. State officials say they can guarantee the security of all 27,000 tourists who are currently there.

But they say one Texas man drowned when he went swimming in heavy surf near his hotel. They say the man ignored warnings and red flags.

Paula's top winds are clocked at 100 miles an hour. A tropical storm watch has been issued along a path through the Florida Keys.


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