(AFP) – Nov 2, 2007
SANTO DOMINGO (AFP) — Hurricane Noel on Friday churned over the Atlantic Ocean on a northerly track to Canada after battering the Caribbean where it killed at least 116 people in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
It is expected to slam into Nova Scotia over the weekend still packing powerful winds, but no longer bearing the characteristics of a tropical cyclone.
Before it even strengthened from a tropical storm to a hurricane, Noel went on a deadly rampage through the Dominican Republic and Haiti, which share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.
Noel left in its wake floodwaters that hampered the rescue of people in the Dominican Republic, where at least 73 people were killed, with 27 more reported missing.
Authorities used helicopters to deliver emergency supplies to areas cut off by floodwaters.
Torrents of water smashed several bridges, while authorities reported that 664 homes were destroyed and a further 15,600 were damaged.
In impoverished Haiti, officials on Friday said the death toll rose to 43, while 15 people were missing.
A total of 4,850 houses were damaged and 1,075 completely destroyed, by many crops were lost to floods and mudslides.
Cuba, was also hit hard, but reported no fatalities. Following its Caribbean rampage, the storm drenched the northwestern islands of the Bahamas on Thursday as it barreled over the Atlantic Ocean.
On Friday morning, the hurricane packed winds of 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour.
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