Subtropical Storm Olga Spreads Heavy Rains Across Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Hurricane season may be officially over, but there's a storm threatening more damage in the Caribbean.

Subtropical Storm Olga skirted Puerto Rico's coast overnight with drenching rains and maximum winds of 45 miles per hour. It knocked out electricity to 76,000 people.

It's now headed toward Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Forecasters says the Dominican Republic could get up to 6 inches of rain, and officials there have reopened hurricane shelters.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says the rains could create problems with flooding and mudslides. Residents of low-lying areas are being urged to seek higher ground.

While the Atlantic hurricane season officially ended at the end of last month, Olga will be included in the tally for 2007. It's the 15th named storm of the season.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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