Emily weakens and heads for to sea and eastern Cuba

Tropical Storm Emily brought drenching rain to the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, but has now weakened and moved west into the sea.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says in its most recent bulletin Thursday that Emily is lost organization as it interacted with the mountains of Hispaniola and weaken into a low-pressure trough. The storm was about 160 kilometers south-southwest of the eastern tip of Cuba moving northwest with winds of about 35 mph.

Forecasters expect Emily or its remnants to pass over extreme eastern Cuba.

In Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, hundreds of thousands of people are still living in tent cities after a devastating earthquake last year that left the city in ruins. The hurricane center warned of possible dangerous flash floods and slides.

Haiti’s tent cities perched on hillsides are particularly at risk, because much of the landscape has been stripped bare of trees, which have been cut down for use as fuel or building materials. A slow-moving storm in June caused mudslides and flooding that killed at least 28 people.

The U.S. National Weather Service said Thursday that the rest of the Atlantic hurricane season is expected to be unusually active, with three to five storms expected to become major hurricanes.

The season runs from from June 1 to Nov. 30.

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