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Tropical Storm Emily nears Dominican coast, Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP)  Forecasters say Tropical Storm Emily will drop a huge amount of rain on the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

But it appears the worst of the storm will largely spare Haitian capital, where hundreds of thousands of people are sill homeless from last year's earthquake.

Michel Davison of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says parts of the Dominican Republic could see up to 20 inches (50 centimeters) of rain over the next 36 hours. Up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) is expected in rural Haiti and up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) in the capital.

Emily is expected to reach the Dominican coast late Wednesday. If it clears the mountains dividing Hispaniola, the storm is expected to then track across northern Haiti.

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