Far-reaching Tropical Storm Hanna drenched flood-plagued Haiti today, adding to the miseries of a country that has lost 110 lives to mudslides and flooding since mid-August. The storm was expected to sweep across the Bahamas and then start climbing along the US coastline by the weekend, with a 20% chance it could bring strong winds as far north as New York.
Haitian authorities reported five more deaths related to Hanna, boosting the toll to 26. Floodwaters displaced 5,000 and swamped a hospital in one area, forcing nurses to move patients to higher floors. High water still prevented UN soldiers from reaching the western city of Gonaives, where the rise of muddy water drove people to seek refuge on rooftops.