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08STATE97288
2008-09-11 14:57:00
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Secretary of State
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MGHH01: HURRICANE MONITORING GROUP SITUATION

Tags:   AEMR  ASEC  CASC  KFLO  MARR  PREL  PINR  AMGT 
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						UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 STATE 097288 

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AEMR ASEC CASC KFLO MARR PREL PINR AMGT
SUBJECT: MGHH01: HURRICANE MONITORING GROUP SITUATION
REPORT NO. 08

IKE CATEGORY 1
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1. (SBU) Category 1 Ike leaves heavy rains and flooding
in Cuba:

-- Ike is likely to re-strengthen before making landfall
September 13 along the Texas coast. (MG/National
Hurricane Center telcon)
-- The storm has displaced approximately two million
Cubans and Havana continues to experience heavy winds and
rain. Power is out in the capital. Dams are reportedly
at 95 percent capacity, and flooding is a major concern.
(MG/USINT Havana telcon)
-- The Havana airport is closed until further notice.
(MG/USINT Havana telcon)

MEXICAN SHIPS SEEKING SAFE HARBOR


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2. (SBU) Between 100-150 Mexican fishing vessels have
requested safe harbor at the Port of Brownsville. Embassy
Mexico City recommended to the government of Mexico that
the vessels seek harbor in Mexico, south of the
hurricane's path. ConGen Matamoros is standing up a
weekend Task Force to coordinate communication.
(Ops/Mexico desk e-mail)

HAITI


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3. (SBU) USS Kearsage, USAID continue disaster relief:

-- Two DART members remain in Gonaives to coordinate U.S.
shipments from Port-au-Prince and to support the
government's disaster relief efforts. OFDA is activating
a Response Management Team in Washington September 11 to
coordinate humanitarian response efforts. (Ops/USAID e-
mail)
-- Damaged roads, blocked or collapsed bridges, and
flooded rivers continue to hamper relief efforts within
Gonaives. The hospital is now functioning following a
fuel delivery. (Ops/USAID e-mail)
-- USS Kearsarge helicopters are scheduled to airlift
approximately 85 metric tons of food and drinking water to
Gonaives and Les Cayes. World Food Programme teams are
loading two smaller vessels with additional food for
affected areas. (Ops/USAID e-mail)
-- Catholic Relief Services has distributed emergency food
assistance to roughly 20,000 people to date. (Ops/USAID
e-mail)

TURKS & CAICOS


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4. (SBU) Damage assessments continue:

-- The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
(OCHA) estimates 90 percent of roofs sustained damage.
Grand Turk remains without water and electricity, and OCHA
reports concerns about the public water supply.
(Ops/Embassy Nassau e-mail)

-- The British ship HMS Iron Duke is currently in Grand
Turk providing support. (Ops/Embassy Nassau e-mail)



5. (U) Minimize considered.
RICE