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Tropical storm floods Honduras

Tropical Storm Gamma has killed at least two people in Honduras.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | November 19, 2005

Tropical Storm Gamma has killed at least two people in Honduras.

Heavy rain inundated Honduras and Belize, causing flooding and landslides. Washed-out roads have stranded thousands of people, and hundreds more were evacuated from Central American coastal towns, according to government reports.

In Costa Rica, heavy rains prompted authorities to evacuate 600 people in the southern communities.

The storm was expected to drop up to 15 inches of rain in parts of Belize, the Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba.

Earlier in October, Hurricane Stan killed up to 2,000 people in Central America. Flash floods and mudslides washed away whole villages.

Gamma could threaten Cuba and Florida next week, according to the National Hurricane Center, although by Saturday morning at least some forecasters had moved the storm track prediction to the southeast of the Florida peninsula.

Gamma is the 24th storm of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season - the busiest hurricane season on record.

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