Tropical Storm Laura Hits Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, & Haiti – Aug. 22 / 23, 2020
Tropical Storm Laura knocked out power, washed out roads and is being blamed for at least seven deaths as Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico were battered by high winds and flooding Saturday into Sunday.
At least five people died in Haiti, according to the country’s civil protection authority.
“I share the sorrow of the families whose loved ones were killed on August 23 when Tropical Storm Laura passed through the country,” Prime Minister Jovenel Moise said in a Twitter post Sunday afternoon. “I urge the population to respect the instructions of the authorities to protect themselves from the damage that this bad weather could cause.”
Two people in the Dominican Republic were also reported killed, according to The Associated Press.
Haiti’s civil protection authority said on social media that the dead there included two women, two men and a 10-year-old girl. The girl was killed when a tree fell on a home in Anse-à-Pitres, which is along the southern coast on the border with the the Domincan Republic.
The agency said evacuations were ongoing Sunday morning.
Video posted by the civil protection authority showed a torrent of muddy water rushing under a building.
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