AI2 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1996 NEWS THE SAUNA JOURNAL -t, v HURRICANE LILI Hurricane Lili batters the Bahamas Cuba is still digging out after storm inflicted severe damage on sugar and coffee crops By The Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas — Hurricane Lili tore off roofs, swamped banana farms and disrupted communications across the Bahamas on Saturday, a day after battering Cuba's crucial sugar and coffee crops. But the damage was scattered, and no serious injuries were reported. "We were lucky," said acting Police Commissioner Erold Farquahar. Lili headed east into the Atlantic on Saturday after bashing the islands of the Bahamas overnight with sustained winds of 95 mph and wind gusts of more than 100 mph. The only injury reported was a fisherman on Andros Island who was cut by a propeller when his boat flipped over in high seas. He was treated at a community clinic and released. Women tied up boy for a year By The Associated Press BELLINGHAM, Wash. — A 5- year-old boy was tied to a chair in a motel room for much of each day for at least a year by two women who described him as "psychotic" and "cannibalistic," police said. The two women, whose relationship to the boy was not known, were jailed on suspicion of unlawful imprisonment and assault of a child. The women, the little boy and a 13-year-old boy had been living at a motel in Bellingham, about 70 miles north of Seattle. The boy was made to wear a helmet and face the wall, and was only untied for meals and bathroom breaks. The women were ordered held without bail until authorities learned their identities. Doctors who examined the 5- year-old found rope burns on his arms, legs, hands and feet but were unable to substantiate the behavior problems reported by the women. "His foster mom reports he's a really good little boy who is real happy not to be tied to a chair all day," an official said. In Cuba, there also was only one injury reported — that of a man hit by a falling tree. But the storm's high winds and 12 inches of rain inflicted severe damage on sugar plantations, mills and coffee crops in the central section of the island nation. "It has been a real disaster," said Miguel Diaz Canel, a Communist party official in Villa Clara province, a largely agricultural area located on the north-central side of the island. Diaz said the wind flattened most of the sugar fields and ripped corrugated-metal roofing from the province's 28 sugar mills. He estimated that 90 percent of the province's plantain crop was severely damaged as well as tobacco seedlings — more bad news for the island's agriculture industry, which suffered heavy losses during a 1993 storm. The drenching rain ruined much of the coffee crop as berries were just beginning to mature on the bushes. The storm also knocked down more than 67 utility poles in Villa Clara province, cutting telephone communications and electricity. More than 3,000 homes were destroyed and 26,000 partly damaged by Hurricane Lily in its rampage through Cuba, national civil defense officials reported Saturday, according to the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina. In Havana, nearly 4,000 homes were damaged. The storm also damaged a major thermoelectric power station in Cienfuegos, a province in central-southern Cuba. President Fidel Castro met with civil defense leaders in the province and credited their preparation efforts with saving lives, Prensa Latina reported. None of Cuba's popular tourist spots was damaged and all were operating as usual, Vice Minister of Tourism Miguel Brugeras was quoted by the news agency as saying. The Bahamas fared much better. 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