4 Killed As TS Erika Hits Island

ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — A police official in Dominica says at least four people have died in severe flooding and mudslides caused by Tropical Storm Erika on the eastern Caribbean island.

Superintendent Daniel Carbon tells The Associated Press that three of the deaths occurred during a mudslide in the southeast of the island. Authorities recovered the bodies of an elderly blind man and two children from the home.

A fourth death occurred in the capital of Roseau. Carbon says the man was found near his home following a mudslide but the cause of death has not yet been determined.

He says that there have been mudslides and rivers overrunning their banks throughout the island known for its lush forests and steep terrain.

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, Tropical Storm Erika has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph.

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