Six Perish as Tropical Wave Batters Dominican Republic

Over in the Dominican Republic, heavy waves and strong winds from that strengthening tropical wave has caused at least six deaths in the country.

The system, which was moving south of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Sea, knocked down power lines yesterday near the north-eastern town of Nagua and started a fire that killed six passengers on a bus filled with people returning from a beach excursion.

According to a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, at least 12 others on board were injured.

Conditions from the system may have also caused a tour boat to overturn near the Samana Peninsula yesterday.

Authorities recovered the bodies of three people and said four others were still missing.

Military spokesman Arsenio Maldonado says a small craft advisory was in effect at the time, but a cause of the incident has not yet been determined.

The Dominican Emergency Operations Center says 19 of the 32 provinces are on alert for potential flooding as the system continues to pass south of the country.

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