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Local Cape Verde natives fear for storm-wracked homeland

Local Cape Verde natives fear for storm-wracked homeland

Like most in South Florida, a small and usually invisible contingent of Cape Verde natives anxiously eyed the approach last week of Tropical Storm Erika, fielding concerned calls from friends and family in their homeland. Then nature did an about-face. Erika fizzled. And Hurricane Fred came to life. In a historical first, it formed east of the 10-island chain and Monday pummeled Cape Verde. The tiny islands 350 miles off the coast of West Africa are better known for being the locale where storms form, not strike. "When you live in South Florida, you expect that you'll get a hurricane, you buy water and other supplies ... but over there, when they make homes, they're...

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