Flooding Claims 9 in Caribbean

Tropical storm batters Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 13, 2007 7:37 AM CST
Residents look at houses destroyed by floodwaters caused by Tropical Storm Olga in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007. Tropical Storm Olga triggered floods and landslides,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tropical Storm Olga set off flash floods in the Dominican Republic yesterday, killing at least 8 people, reports Reuters. Another man died in a mudslide in nearby Puerto Rico. The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression by the end of the day, and predicted to head between Jamaica and Cuba toward Mexico.

Heavy rains are still expected in eastern Cuba and the southeastern Bahamas and tens of thousands are unable to return to their homes, reports Reuters. By normal standards, Olga is late, coming 10 days after the official end of the six-month hurricane season. It is only the 17th named storm to arrive in December since record-keeping began in 1851.