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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 82

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, September 20, 1989
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r A VERY TIMELESS CATERPILLAR A FAVORITE TURNS 20 ACCENT, ID 25 CELLULOID SENSATIONS 1ST IN FILM REGISTRY NATIONAL NEWS, 8A EX-MARTIN HIGI STAR SENTENCE WILEY GETS 2W YEARS LOCAL NEWS, IB V f TTh "51 TTT "II "TTft ..a lie rmm Beaoi irosi WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1989 MARTIN COUNTY FINAL 104 PAGES 25 CENTS PARTLY CLOUDY There is a 40 percent chance of scattered showers today with highs around 90 and a light wind. WEATHER, 2A o threatens Florida coas Hug 'Destruction, desolation' in Puerto Rico By ANNE-MARIE O'CONNOR Palm Beach Post Staff Writer SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - At least a dozen people were dead, 100 injured and tens of thousands homeless Tuesday after powerful Hurricane Hugo roared through Puerto Rico, leaving damage estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars in its wake, officials said. American Red Cross spokesman Brian Ruberry said in Washington his organization had reports of 12 deaths and 100 injuries in Puerto Rico. Government casualty estimates were lower. Gov. Rafael Hernandez Colon said he would request federal aid from President Bush today to help Puerto Rico recover from the disaster. He said he could not give a precise figure until officials had determined the extent of the damages, which he said would cost hundreds of millions to repair. "We have suffered a tragedy of major proportions," he said upon his return from a helicopter tour of the hard-hit eastern coast. "Hurricane Hugo has left a path of desolation and destruction in all of northeast Puerto Rico." It will cost $20 million to repair the international airport, which has been closed since the eve of the hurricane and is to reopen this morning, Hernandez Colon said. It will cost an equal amount to repair the damaged national electricity system, he said. Almost all of the thousands of homes destroyed in 58 municipalities were those of poor families, Hernandez Colon said. The worst-hit areas were two east coast barrier islands, Culebra Please see PUERTO RICO9A Chances Of Hugo Hitting At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service gave these chances for the center of Hugo to pass within 65 miles of various locations through 8 p.m. Friday. Miami 9 West Palm Beach 11 Fort Pierce 1 1 Cocoa Beach 1 1 Daytona Beach . 1 1 Jacksonville 10 Savannah, Ga. 9 Charleston, S.C. 9 'Wilmington, N;C. 8 Cape Hatteras, N.C. 7 SOURCE: National Weather Service. Tracking Hugo TIME: midnight POSITION: 23.9 N, 69.7 W or about 1 ,050 miles southeast of Palm Beach. DIRECTION: Traveling northwest at 12 mph. WIND SPEED: 105 mph. COURSE: No change of speed or direction was expected through today but strengthening possible. IRIS: Tropical Storm Iris, at 21.6 N and 61.1 W, was following behind Hugo, moving to the northwest at 1 4 mph. Its winds are 70 mph. AS EARLY AS NOON today, a hurricane watch could be in effect for some coastal areas in the Southeast. EMERGENCY managers in Palm Beach County expect to decide by Thursday whether evacuations will be needed. Preparations IF SOUTH FLORIDA is placed under a hurricane warning, turn to Thursday's Palm Beach Post for everything you need to know about shelters and preparations. 1L. INC. OHIO . y vy r.J' KY. MO. rtNJ.. II--.' del "Z..I TENN.:; ..z....r- N.C. ARK. S.C. f Hanwas LA. L. MISS. ALA. '1 Savannah ' GA, Yip:- J4y i I ( Friday P morning r teonville -1mm Cape j j; iattavwu fa .Thursday, afternoon A ridge of high-pressure air is keeping the hurricane from turning north and heading into the Atlantic Ocean. At the same time, a low-pressure trough off the Florida coast is heading west, pulling Hugo with it. As a result, forecasters think Hugo will be drawn toward landfall along the coast of Florida, Georgia or the Carolinas. Still, other (actors could force Hugo back into the Atlantic, said Bob Sheets, director of the National Hurricane Center. Although a hurricane watch may be declared today Irom South Florida to the Carolinas, Cape Canaveral seems the southernmost area likely to be hit, Sheets said. A H 35 -30' Guff of Mexico L FLA. ! Gran V Xr Bahama v ' ff jJAbaco V jMianjr v .y a frt. Thursday j .1 Amornina : A Wednesday .. ' " i i AndrosV f Low pressure trough Y. nfternnnn . .. Stationary high pressurei system HUGO Miles 85" 80" A TurKs and Caicos ..J. H AIT t DOMINICAN V: REPUBLIC'S, 75" 70" - : - - ' 6 a mi Tuesday t v I. . V ; r::vvv 65 251 IRIS -20' 6 a.m. Monday PUERTO RICO 60 SOURCE: National Weather Service DUNCAN MACDONALDStafl Artist .....".i.'i'....,'. , j n jw m ' lliliBiJWBI i" ; 1 ' J S ' -3 I m I f t ..rr- t 1 T5 i 1 i .-nr'i - 'V. r. f -, It '', r- .'.V..;' ;!.;, ;-i GREG LOVETTStaff Photographer Landfall expected Friday By ELIOT KLEINBERG and TODD WOODY Palm Beach Post Staff Writers Hurricane Hugo continued Tuesday on a path forecasters say probably will take it northward through the Atlantic, but they warned it still could turn toward, South Florida. ' If it did turn, emergency managers in Palm Beach County said Tuesday that residents would have little time to react. The most likely landfall is predicted to be sometime Friday. The managers may decide as early as Thursday wheth-! er to order evacuations from coast-: al areas. In the Bahamas, residents boarded up homes and stocked up on supplies as Hugo moved north of the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southern Bahamas. Since Sunday, the storm has killed as many as 25 people and left tens of thousands homeless in the northeastern Caribbean. In Puerto Rico, Hugo left up to 12 dead, 100 injured and thousands homeless, according to reports. Most of the country had no power, and food and water were scarce. The commonwealth's governor said he would ask President Bush to declare it a disaster area. National Guardsmen were aiding cleanup and trying to stop looting. At 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, the storm was at longitude 69.5 degrees west and latitude 23.8 de-' grees north, about 1,050 miles southeast of Palm Beach. It had top winds of 110 mph. As early as noon today, the center is expected to issue a hurricane watch for parts of the East Coast, possibly from South Florida to the Carolinas. Computer storm models show the most likely landfall between Cape Canaveral and the Georgia-South Carolina state line. Please see HUGO 1 OA A family stands in its hurricane-ravaged home Tuesday on the island of Culebra off the east coast of Puerto Rico. More Inside HAM RADIO operators relay information from devastated areas. AREA RESIDENTS stock up on water, groceries and emergency items. WHAT YOU can do to be prepared if the storm comes here. INFORMATION about what to expect if Hugo hits. STORIES: 9A-11A Vatican: Auschwitz convent should move Palm Beach Post Wire Services VATICAN CITY - The Vatican moved decisively Tuesday to improve strained relations between Catholics and Jews, saying a convent of Carmelite nuns at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland srtould be relocated and offering to help pay the cost. Although there was no direct sign of it in a statement issued by the Vatican press office, the action was tantamount to papal intervention in a dispute that had become an international embar rassment to the Vatican. For weeks the Vatican had watched in strained silence, but Jewish anger touched a sympathetic chord elsewhere in the church and touched off public squabbling among several cardinals. Vatican sources said they thought Tuesday's statement would encourage action by Polish prelates who had balked at carrying out a 1987 agreement with Jewish leaders to move the convent of 14 comtemplative Polish and German nuns. About 2.5 million Jews were among 4 million inmates killed at the Nazi German camp during World War II. Jewish groups say the convent and its 23-foot-tall cross just outside the camp's fence offend the memory of Jewish victims. "This should clear the atmosphere and help build a climate of mutual respect," said the Rev. Pier Francesco Fumagalli, secretary of the Vatican Commission for Relations with Judaism. In Los Angeles Tuesday, Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, called the Vatican action a policy reversal that will encourage better Catholic-Jewish relations. Elan Steinberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress in New York, said: "We welcome this very important step in restoring the good word of the church. It's time to move on and implement the agreement." Please see AUSCHWITZ4A Inside CLARKE ASH BUSINESS CLASSIFIED B. CROWLEY DEAR ABBY DOUGLAS EDITORIALS FLA. NEWS IE 4B IF 3E 20 4B IE 10A ANN LANDERS 2D LETTERS LOTTERY OBITUARIES PEOPLE STOCKS- SWARTZ- TVSPORIS- 2E 2A 3B 2A 5B IB -20. DAVE GEORGE 1C RON WIGGINS ID Vol. 81 No. 158 1989 The Palm Beach Post For Horn Delivery Service CALL 837-4663 1-800-654-1231 220 DC-lOs inspected for metal flaws By MIKE CHRISTENSEN Palm Beach Post-Cox News Service WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration is inspecting 220 engines on DC-10 jetliners for microscopic impurities in metal rotor discs that may have caused the July 19 crash of a United Airlines plane in Sioux City, Iowa. FAA Administrator James Busey told a Senate subcommittee Tuesday that his agency also will require airlines to equip their DC-lOs with a hydraulic line cutoff valve that McDonnell Douglas Corp. has developed. The automatic valve is designed to prevent the sort of total hydraulic failure s 170 missing on French DC-10 4A that the United crew experienced after their tail-mounted engine disintegrated while cruising at 37,000 feet, according to McDonnell Douglas officials. However, Busey and James Kolstad, acting chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said the DC-10 is, in Busey's words, "perfectly safe to fly" as is. "The DC-10 is a safe airplane," Busey said. "We have absolutely no reason to suspect otherwise and no reason to consider the grounding of this aircraft." r FAA officials said Tuesday that their investigation of the DC-10 accident in Iowa will be broadened to all engines in the nation's aging aircraft fleet. "All of these large, high-bypass, very powerful engines are constructed similarly," Busey said. "We are considering all engines in our investigation, not just the General Electric CF6-6 engine." Although search teams have not been able to find any fragments of the United plane's fan rotor disc, damage to the rest of the engine indicates that "the most likely" cause was the disc coming apart Please see DC-104A U.S. reclaims America's Cup - in the courts The Associated Press NEW YORK Once again, the America's Cup belongs to San Diego. And this time, the victory came on land, not sea. The Cup was returned to the San Diego Yacht Club on Tuesday when an appeals court reversed a decision that awarded yachting's most coveted prize to New Zealand five months ago. The victory in September by Dennis Conner aboard Stars & Stripes was affirmed by New York State Supreme Court's Appellate Division. New Zealand had sued after its loss, arguing that Conner's use of a catamaran was improper. On April 7, Justice Carmen Beauchamp Ci-parick of New York State Supreme Court agreed with New Zealand, called the race "a gross mismatch" and stripped San Diego of the Cup. But a five-judge panel decided otherwise Tuesday. "San Diego's catamaran was an eligible yacht," Justice Joseph Sullivan said in a 30-page -majority opinion. "It was the winner of the two races held on Sept. 7 and 9, 1988, for the America's Cup and . . . as the winner of the two races, is entitled to the America's Cup." Please see CUP8A

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