Tropical depression moves over Haiti

Oct. 28, 2007 at 1:12 PM

MIAMI, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A tropical depression strengthened Sunday as it moved across the northern Caribbean toward Puerto Rico and Cuba.

Haiti and the Dominican Republic were drenched Saturday night as the storm moved west-northwest at 7 mph, reported, noting heavy rain expected over Puerto Rico and Cuba the next couple of days could produce flooding and deadly mudslides in the mountains.

Complex atmospheric conditions prevented forecasters from determining exactly where the storm was headed and whether it would strengthen to a tropical storm, said James Franklin of the National Hurricane Center in West Miami-Dade County.

''It is worth reiterating that the uncertainty level is high,'' said Franklin, warning South Floridans to be on alert for gusting winds, beach erosion, and rip tides Monday through Wednesday, the Miami Herald reported Sunday.

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