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Mon Jul 9, 2018, 12:45 PM

Puerto Rico, USVI expect heavy rain from Beryl remnants

Source: Associated Press

Puerto Rico, USVI expect heavy rain from Beryl remnants

By DANICA COTO
51 minutes ago

YABUCOA, Puerto Rico (AP) ó Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands braced for heavy rains and strong winds Monday as remnants of the new seasonís first hurricane provided an initial test of how far theyíve recovered from last yearís devastating storms.

Tropical Storm Beryl disintegrated after rushing over Dominica and into the eastern Caribbean, but the U.S. National Hurricane Center said the remnants still could bring 2 to 3 inches (5 to 8 centimeters) of rain pounding down on homes in Puerto Rico still damaged by Septemberís Hurricane Maria.

Forecasters said this could unleash flooding and landslides in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Officials said 24,000 customers had already lost power across Puerto Rico and Gov. Ricardo Rossello urged people without sturdy roofs to move in with relatives or go to one of 14 government shelters that have opened.

Some 60,000 people in the U.S. territory still have only tarps for roofs blown off by Maria, and more than 1,500 customers are still without power more than nine months after the storm.

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