Tropical Storm Noel is
headed toward the Bahamas after leaving a trail of destruction and
death in the Dominican Republic.
Officials say flooding and mudslides killed at least 20 people
in the Dominican Republic and left another 20 missing.
Forecasters also say a tropical storm watch may be issued for
southeast Florida later in the day.
The spinning tropical storm had been forecast to hit Haiti
hardest but veered toward the Dominican Republic, apparently
catching residents off guard yesterday.
Noel temporarily knocked out the Dominican Republic's entire
power system, plunging more than nine million people into the dark
for about two hours.
International aid workers believe the death toll is certain to
rise as reports come in from remote areas of the Dominican Republic