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Three Dead as Tropical Storm Cristobal lashes Caribbean

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Slow-moving Tropical Storm Cristobal lashed parts of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with heavy rainfall and white-crested surf after swollen rivers swept at least three people away on the Caribbean island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

In the Dominican Republic, a man drowned when he tried to drive his pickup truck across a rushing river in Hato Mayor, a province northeast of the capital of Santo Domingo. Juan Manuel Mendez, the country's emergency operations director, said the death was due to the "regrettable recklessness of this driver."

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In neighboring Haiti, authorities were looking for two residents reported swept away late Saturday by a river that burst its banks in the western port town of Saint Marc. "We're still looking for the bodies," said Luckecy Mathieu, a local civil protection coordinator.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Cristobal may strengthen into a hurricane on Wednesday while over the open waters of the Atlantic. The storm's center was expected to curve away from the U.S. East Coast.

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The tropical storm had sustained winds near 45 mph and was located about 145 miles east-northeast of the Bahamas' Long Island early Sunday afternoon. The slow-moving storm was tracking north at about 7 mph.

By The Associated Press

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