Jeanne hits Puerto Rico

Tropical Storm Jeanne brought heavy rain to Puerto Rico.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 15, 2004

Tropical Storm Jeanne brought heavy rain to Puerto Rico.

Several locations across Puerto Rico received more than 10 inches of rain, reported the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Comerio, in the eastern portion of the island, has received more than 18 inches of rainfall. On St. Croix, in the U.S.Virgin Islands, the storm total rainfall is now above 12 inches. Many rivers in Puerto Rico are already at or above flood stage.

The storm's eye made landfall on Wednesday near the southeastern town of Yabucoa, and could continue dumping rain on Puerto Rico through Friday because the storm's tail extends some 200 miles. Forecasters said the biggest concerns were flash flooding and mudslides, along with isolated tornadoes that may spin off the storm.

After Puerto Rico, the storm was on course to hit the Dominican Republic. The National Hurricane Center indicated Jeanne could strengthen as it moved into the Atlantic and could become a hurricane late Wednesday or Thursday. At least 2,000 people remained in shelters Thursday.

Earlier on Wednesday, Puerto Rico Gov. Sila Calderon activated Puerto Rico's emergency agencies and urged islanders in low-lying areas to evacuate to higher ground.

A Church World Service Disaster Response and Recovery Liaison will be deployed to assess damages.

The storm's projected path had it potentially reaching Florida, Georgia and South Carolina either Sunday or Monday.

Jeanne became the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season Tuesday.

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