MIAMI -- The ragged remnants of onetime Tropical Storm Dennis veered northward over the eastern Caribbean today with cloud masses to the front and rear spilling heavy rain.
The late Dennis, now a tropical depression with highest winds of 35 mph and an ill-defined center, was 240 miles south-southwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, at noon EDT today, heading west at about 20 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
The center said locally heavy rain will continue over the Virgin Island and Puerto Rico today and spread over Hispaniola -- the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti -- tonight.
Dennis, which packed 65-mph winds early Monday but began to lose strength later in the day, was expected to change little in intensity today, the hurricane center said.
Dennis, which packed 65-mph winds early Monday but began to lose strength later in the day, may continue to weaken today, the hurricane center said.
Forecaster John Hope said the storm dropped 'pretty good rain' on the hills of Martinique and St. Lucia in the northern Windward Islands Tuesday, from the cloud mass behind its center.
Hope said it is unlikely the depression will regain tropical storm strength today 'but it could do something after that, when it reaches the central Caribbean.'
The storm had been heading straight on a compass course of 270 degrees for days but it it began edging northward Tuesday.
Hope said an Air Force hurricane hunter plane will fly through the storm today from a forward base on the island of Antigua.