Erika dissipates after drenching Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti

Haiti. Aug. 29. Image AP

ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) – Rescue crews are trudging through mud, rocks and uprooted trees to reach communities cut off by a tropical storm that killed at least 20 people and left nearly 50 missing in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica.

PHOTOS: Tropical Storm Erika
PHOTOS: Tropical Storm Erika

Volunteers are helping to carry food, water and clothes for dozens of Dominicans who have been isolated for up to three days after Tropical Storm Erika dumped some 15 inches of rain this week on the mountainous island.

As Dominicans continue to dig out, Erika has dissipated after drenching Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

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The remnants of Erika are drifting near the coast of eastern and central Cuba and are expected to move into the southeastern Gulf of Mexico on Sunday. The Hurricane Center says that heavy rains and gusty winds are still possible across southern and central Florida on Sunday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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