Dominican Republic affected by rain and wind from Maria

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PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (APTN / CBS Newspath) -- Hurricane Maria is bringing high winds and rough seas to the Dominican Republic, as it passed offshore of the northeast coast on Wednesday.

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The storm is expected to bring flooding and wind damage as it passes close to the island.

About 4,000 tourists in the Bavara-Punta Cana area on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic have been moved to hotels in Santo Domingo because of Hurricane Maria.