The Straits Times
Published on Oct 26, 2012

US base in Guantanamo cleans up after hurricane


GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) - Crews restored downed power lines and cleared debris at the US Navy base at Guantanamo Bay on Thursday, following a brush with Hurricane Sandy.

The storm knocked out power to much of the base, damaged roofs and windows on some of the older buildings and damaged a marina and tore several small, private recreational boats loose from their moorings. There were no injuries, said Kelly Wirfel, a spokeswoman for the base, which has a population of about 5,500.

The storm also forced the cancellation of the final day of what was supposed to be a three-day hearing on pretrial motions involving the Guantanamo prisoner who is charged with orchestrating the 2000 attack on the US Navy destroyer USS Cole. The hearing is tentatively scheduled to resume in December.

There was no damage to the prison buildings that hold 166 prisoners, said Navy Capt. Robert Durand, a spokesman for the detention center.