Erika drenches Haiti, D.R. on path toward U.S

August 29, 2015 12:07 PM

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Erika drenches Haiti, D.R. on path toward U.S

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Tropical Storm Erika was losing its punch as it drenched Haiti and the Dominican Republic early Saturday, but it left devastation in its path, killing at least 20 people and leaving another 31 missing on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that mountains and an unfavorable environment would likely knock Erika below tropical storm force, though there's a small chance it could recover as it moves along Cuba and then approaches Florida late Sunday.

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