Tropical Storm Emily kills 1 in Haiti

The tropical storm that brushed the southern coast of Hispaniola killed one person in Haiti and three in the Dominican Republic, but spared the Caribbean nations the severe damage many feared, officials said Friday.

Tropical Storm Emily threatened to soak more than 600,000 Haitians made homeless after last year’s earthquake but the tempest merely skirted the southern coast before it stalled at sea and dissipated.

More than 100 people left their crudely built homes to find safer housing in churches, schools and other building as the storm moved west. There were scattered reports of flooded houses and crops.

“We are thrilled that there was no major damage,” Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, director of Haiti’s Civil Protection Department, told The Associated Press. MORE

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