More than 100 Deaths Blamed on Noel as Storm Drenches Bahamas, Cuba

UNDATED (AP) - More than 100 deaths in the Caribbean are now being blamed on Tropical Storm Noel.

The storm today drenched the Bahamas and Cuba, while rescue workers in the Dominican Republic headed out in boats and helicopters to reach dozens of communities isolated by floods and mudslides.

Officials say Noel brought a record 15 inches of rain to the Bahamas, where flooding forced the evacuation of almost 400 people. Nassau International Airport is closed but is expected to reopen tomorrow.

In Cuba, muddy rain-swollen waters overflowed a dam, washing into hundreds of homes and over highways, and knocking out electricity and telephone service.

Noel has edged away from Florida, where a tropical storm warning and watch for southeastern parts of the state have been canceled.

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