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2 dead, 12 missing after storm hits Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tropical Storm Nicole caused flooding and mudslides across Jamaica on Wednesday, leaving two confirmed dead and at least 12 more missing, even as the drenching system moved north and dissipated over the Florida Straits.

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The outer bands of the storm hammered Jamaica, toppling bridges and knocking out power to thousands. Many streets were filled with gushing brown torrents of water, prompting Prime Minister Bruce Golding to urge people to stay indoors.

Floodwaters battered squatter communities perched uneasily on the slopes of gullies that crisscross the sprawling capital of Kingston. One slide toppled a house and killed a 14-year-old boy. The rest of his family — including four sisters, had not been found by Wednesday evening.

The storm, which had sustained winds of 40 mph earlier in the day, broke apart over the Atlantic, though the National Hurricane Center in Miami warned that there were still large areas of heavy rain.

Jamaican Information Minister Daryl Vaz said two people were confirmed dead but warned that the toll could be higher from the flash floods and mudslides. He said 12 people were missing.

The storm also soaked Cuba, but no deaths were reported.

In Cuba, state-controlled television showed images of rain flooding roads and highways, especially around the eastern city of Santiago, but there were no reports of major damage. Far to the west in Havana, it wasn't even raining and there was no flooding.

2 dead, 12 missing after storm hits Jamaica 09/29/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 11:14pm]

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