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Emily weakens but heavy rains continue over Hispaniola

The latest weather advisories located the remnants of Emily at about 100 miles from the eastern tip of Cuba with 35 mph winds. All tropical storm watches and warnings have been discontinued in the affected areas.

However, rainfall accumulations may still reach 6 to 12 inches in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the US National Hurricane Center reported and warned of possible life-threatening flash floods and mud slides. Lower rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches could take place in eastern Cuba, The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Meanwhile, tropical storm gusts could still affect areas in Haiti, where authorities feared that heavy rains could wipe out refugee camps, where thousands of families have lived since the January 2010 earthquake, since many of them are set up on unstable slopes.

In the northern part of the country, over 300 families have been affected by flash floods, and some health care facilities were damaged. The general director of the health ministry called on the patients and the medical personnel to move to hospitals. Local health authorities fear an increase of the cholera epidemic due to possible floods.

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