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AP / The Hindu /PORT-AU-PRINCE (HAITI), August 3, 2011.
This image provided by NASA taken on Wednesday morning shows tropical storm Emily, lower right. Photo: AP.
Civil defence officials and the military in the Dominican Republic have already begun moving people out of high-risk zones ahead of the storm.
Tropical Storm Emily brushed past Puerto Rico and set its sights on the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where more than 630,000 people are still without shelter after last year’s earthquake.
A “steady shield of rain” should reach the island of Hispaniola shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti around noon Wednesday and the rainfall should worsen by late afternoon, said John Dlugoenski, senior meteorologist with Accuweather.com.
“The biggest threat to lives is probably the flooding,” Mr. Dlugoenski said.
Civil defence officials and the military in the Dominican Republic have already begun moving people out of high-risk zones ahead of the storm. Haitian authorities urged people to conserve food and safeguard their belongings.
In Haiti’s capital of Port-au-Prince, Jislaine Jean-Julien, a 37-year-old street merchant displaced by the January 2010 earthquake, said she was praying the storm would pass her flimsy tent without knocking it over.
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