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Dominican Republic and Haiti await tropical storm Emily

Dominican Republic and Haiti await tropical storm Emily
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The Dominican Republic and neighbouring Haiti are bracing themselves for tropical storm Emily, which has already caused significant damage further south in the Caribbean.

In Haiti there is concern for the thousands still living in makeshift conditions after last year’s earthquake.

So far winds of up to 85 kilometres an hour have been reported; heavy rains are expected.

As it heads north west, the storm is expected to pass over the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Wednesday night, before moving on towards the Bahamas on Thursday.

Earlier in Martinique, a mudslide caused homes to be evacuated; widespread flooding and power cuts were also reported on the French island.

One man died when he was electrocuted in his flooded home.

Forecasters say Emily may later intensify into a category 1 hurricane.