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Posted by:Aug 27th 2014, 12:54:54 am
Fig Tree News Teamhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2733477/Three-people-killed-Caribbean-Tropical-Storm-Cristobal-strengthens-moves-north-U-S.html

At least three people are dead after Tropical Storm Cristobal swept through the Caribbean at the weekend, with the storm expected to strengthen over the open waters of the Atlantic as it heads north to the U.S.
The tropical depression formed over the Turks and Caicos Islands on Saturday after drenching Puerto and the Dominican Republic, where a man drowned as he attempted to drive his truck through a rushing river in Hato Mayor.
Officials said the death was due to the 'regrettable recklessness of the driver', NBC News reported.
In Haiti, another two people were swept away by a river that burst its banks in the town of Saint Marc.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Cristobal may strengthen into a hurricane on Wednesday.
Developing: Tropical Storm Cristobal (lower right) forming near the Bahamas on Sunday. Cristobal dumped heavy rains on parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic before being upgraded to a tropical storm early Sunday
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Developing: Tropical Storm Cristobal (lower right) forming near the Bahamas on Sunday. Cristobal dumped heavy rains on parts of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic before being upgraded to a tropical storm early Sunday
Concentrated: After passing through the Turks and Caicos Islands, as of Sunday Cristobal was in the Bahamas south of Nassau
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Concentrated: After passing through the Turks and Caicos Islands, as of Sunday Cristobal was in the Bahamas south of Nassau
On the rise: Tropical Storm Cristobal is expected to slowely strengthen over the coming days
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On the rise: Tropical Storm Cristobal is expected to slowely strengthen over the coming days
Swelled: The storm brought many floods to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico (pictured)
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Swelled: The storm brought many floods to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico (pictured)
Torrential: One driver (not pictyured) was swept away by floodwaters after trying to drive through a river
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Torrential: One driver (not pictyured) was swept away by floodwaters after trying to drive through a river
However the storm is expected to move east and away from mainland U.S., and travel up the Atlantic coast off-shore.
On Sunday afternoon, Cristobal was tracking winds of about 45 mph and was located about 145 miles east-northeast of Long Island in the Bahamas.
Heavy rain fell overnight and into Saturday in Puerto Rico and several towns were under a flash flood watch.

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'We will be affected for the rest of the day and into tomorrow morning,' said National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Estrada.
The heavy rains filled up Lake Carraizo and the La Plata River, two of the main water sources for the capital city, San Juan, eliminating the threat of water rationing after months of unseasonably dry weather.
In the Dominican Republic an estimated 790 people were displaced after at least 158 homes were flooded, the National Center for Emergency Operations said on Saturday.
Ominous: A man fishes as a cluster of storms passes through the area, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
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Ominous: A man fishes as a cluster of storms passes through the area, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
Rough: The National Weather Service in San Juan said the region could be hit with up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain and wind gusts of 35 mph
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Rough: The National Weather Service in San Juan said the region could be hit with up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain and wind gusts of 35 mph
Communication was severed with at least 10 communities by flooded roads and damaged bridges.
Flash flood and mudslide warnings were in place in 17 of the country's 31 provinces.
Federal forecasters in August downgraded their outlook for the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, predicting below-normal activity with seven to 12 named storms, and no more than two expected to reach major hurricane status.
A major hurricane is considered to be Category 3 or above with winds hitting at least 111 mph (178 kph).
Water rushes through an open bay at the Carraizo Dam to release water left by a passing storm in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, on Saturday August 23, 2014. A tropical depression formed over the Turks and Caicos Islands on Saturday
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Water rushes through an open bay at the Carraizo Dam to release water left by a passing storm in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, on Saturday August 23, 2014. A tropical depression formed over the Turks and Caicos Islands on Saturday
So far this year two hurricanes Arthur and Bertha have developed in the Atlantic.
Only Arthur, a Category 2 storm, made landfall, on North Carolina's Outer Banks in early July.
A typical season has 12 named storms, with six hurricanes, and three becoming Category 3 storms.
In its August outlook, the agency said cooler-than-average temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean would make it difficult for larger storms to develop.


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