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Haiti death toll at 573, expected to increase

The death toll from a tropical storm that devastated parts of Haiti rose to 573 late Monday as search crews recovered hundreds of bodies carried away by raging weekend floods or buried by mud or the ruins of their homes, officials said.

The bodies of at least 500 killed by Tropical Storm Jeanne were filling morgues in Gonaives, according to Touissant Kongo-Doudou, a spokesman for the U.N. mission. Fifty-six were killed in northern Port-de-Paix and 17 died in Terre Neuve, officials said.

"The water is high. As it goes down, we expect to find more bodies," Kongo-Doudou said.

Two days after lashing Haiti, Jeanne regained hurricane strength over the open Atlantic on Monday but posed no immediate threat to land.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Karl became a Category 4 storm and remained on a course that will keep it in the open ocean, a threat only to shipping, while Tropical Storm Lisa developed far out in the Atlantic, forecasters said. At 11 p.m., Karl was centered about 950 miles east-northeast of the Lesser Antilles in the southeastern Caribbean and was moving northwest at about 10 mph. Lisa had top sustained winds of 60 mph and was centered about 940 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands and was moving west at about 12 mph.

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