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Aug032011

Tropical Storm Emily Bears Down on Haiti

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti) -- Tropical Storm Emily is bearing down on Haiti and the Dominican Republic, with heavy rains expected to arrive around noon Wednesday.

The National Hurricane Center expects up to ten inches of rain to fall, triggering flash floods and mudslides as many Haitians still find themselves living in makeshift tents after last year’s earthquake.

Many Haitians have received text messages warning them to seek safer shelter, though few of them have any option to do so.

There was already been a mudslide on the island of Martinique in Emily's wake -- following widespread flooding.

Five thousand customers are without power on that island, and one death there has been blamed on the storm.

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