Tropical Storm Noel dumps heavy rains on path across Caribbean

Noel, the 14th named storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, which formed over the Caribbean last weekend, whipped up waves off the south coast of the Dominican Republic and Haiti before heading erratically for the central Bahamas late Monday.

The Bahamas issued a tropical storm warning that included the central and southeastern Bahamas as well as the Turks and Caicos.

Noel has already dumped up to 12 inches of rain over Hispaniola, causing flooding and mudslides.

In 2004, heavy rains that accompanied Tropical Storm Jeanne triggered massive mudslides in northern Haiti that left more than 3,000 dead and 200,000 homeless.

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