SOURCE- CMC – Haitian authorities on Monday confirmed that nine people had died as Tropical Storm Laura moved away from the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country with residents in Jamaica and Cuba bracing themselves for up to 12 inches of rain.
The Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC), in its latest bulletin, said that swells generated by Laura are affecting portions of Hispaniola, eastern Cuba, the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
It said that Laura is expected to produce rainfall accumulations in Jamaica and Cuba of between four to eight inches with maximum amounts of 12 inches, while the Cayman Islands will receive maximum amounts of up to six inches up until Tuesday.
The authorities in Haiti said that the storm, which pounded the country over the last weekend, killed five people in the capital and four in the South-East department, while two others are missing.
“I share the sorrow of the families whose loved ones were killed on August 23 during the passage through the country of tropical storm Laura. I urge the population to respect the instructions of the authorities,” President Jovenel Moïse said.