Hurricane Irene Slashes Cat Island, Bahamas

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Cat Island in the Bahamas, one of my favorite places, has been hard hit by Category 3 Hurricane Irene. The extent of damage is not known as communication is spotty and relief aid has been slow to come. The 1500 or so residents of Cat Island are a tough lot though and Irene is just the most recent of a very long list of hurricanes that have rolled through the Bahamas’ Out Islands over the years. The island is littered with abandoned homes, churches, and buildings, some dating from the days of slavery. And there is likely to be more now.

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