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Hurricane Ian sinks Cuban migrant boat off Florida, leaving 20 missing

The US Coast Guard said it’s searching for 20 missing migrants near the southern tip of the Florida Keys after their boat sank while Hurricane Ian hammered the Gulf Coast.

In a series of tweets, The US Coast Guard said at least four Cuban migrants were able to swim to shore near Stock Island — just north of Key West — after their boat sank “due to inclement weather.” Three migrants were rescued, but it’s possible 20 more remain in the ocean.

Cuban migration to the US has hit decade-long highs as the communist island is mired in economic turmoil and power outages.

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Ian churned across western Cuba on Tuesday, knocking out power to the entire island, before making its way toward Florida.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.