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US base in Guantanamo cleans up after Sandy
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- The U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is cleaning up after a night of rough weather from Hurricane Sandy.
Officials say crews are restoring downed power lines and removing stray tree limbs around the base in southeast Cuba. Base spokeswoman Kelly Wirfell tells The Associated Press that the base didn't get the full brunt of the Thursday morning storm. Sustained winds were below hurricane strength at 54 mph, with a maximum gust of 66 mph. It was enough to damage roofs and windows on some older buildings and a few private, recreational boats broke off their moorings.
Dining halls and other facilities on the base are gradually re-opening and troops are no longer confined to quarters. Navy Capt. Robert Durand says there was no damage to the prison.
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