Noel hits Cuba; 22 dead elsewhere

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Tropical Storm Noel is bringing heavy rain to the western Caribbean as it pushes through Cuba and edges closer to Florida.

Floods and mudlides across the region have killed at least 22 people.

Forecasters project the storm will emerge over water tomorrow near Cuba's Cayo Coco resort area and head northeast toward the Bahamas. They also say a tropical storm watch might be issued for parts of southeastern Florida.

The storm cut a destructive path across the island of Hispaniola, which is shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

At least six people died in Haiti. Officials in the neighboring Dominican Republic, meanwhile, revised the death toll there downward to 16. Twenty deaths were reported earlier, but that turns out to have been a mistake.

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