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Hurricane Irene slams Puerto Rico; could hit US

Aug 22, 2011 7:15:00 AM - thestate.com
Puerto Ricans awoke to flooded and debris-strewn streets Monday following the overnight passage of Hurricane Irene, which next took aim at the Dominican Republic on a path that could take the storm to the U.S. by the end of the week.

The storm flooded streets, knocked down trees throughout the island, caused several rivers to overflow their banks and left more than a million Puerto Ricans without power. But there were no immediate reports of any deaths.

Remnants of Irene were expected to continue lashing the island most of Monday, said Jose Alamo, a U.S. National Weather Service meteorologist in San Juan.

"We're still receiving rain and some wind associated with the system but it should start to get better as the day goes on," Alamo said.

Forecasters earlier said Irene was likely to pass south of Puerto Rico, but the storm shifted north and was passed directly over the U.S. island territory overnight.

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