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Hurricane Paula brings heavy rain

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HAVANA (WKOW) -- Hurricane Paula may be considered a small hurricane, but it's already packing a punch.

Paula is dumping heavy rain on the western part Cuba, but it's expected to weaken even more to a tropical depression by the time it reaches Havana on Friday. There is still a tropical storm warning in effect for the capital.

Paula has soaked Cuba's famed tobacco fields, disrupted ferry service and made country roads impassible.

Forecasters say Paula could cause storm surges and between 3 and 6 inches of rain on parts of Cuba.

Cuba's chief meteorologist calls Paula a "very small hurricane," and wasn't expected to cause devastation like Hurricanes Gustav, Ike and Paloma in 2008. Yet government officials haven't taken any chances, activating the Civil Defense forces.

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