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Danny's Wind And Rain Lashes Dominica Before Dissipating

WIND and rain lashed Dominica and nearby islands along the eastern edge of the Caribbean on Monday morning as tropical storm Danny dissipated into a trough of low pressure.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or significant damage from the storm in the Leeward Islands as the storm passed and moved into the north eastern Caribbean Sea.

The centre of the storm was located about 20 miles south of Guadeloupe at 8am on Monday. It was moving west at 12mph with maximum sustained winds that had decreased to 30 mph. Danny had peaked in intensity on Friday as a Category 3 hurricane, the first of the Atlantic season.

The US National Hurricane Centre said Danny was expected to continue weakening and degenerate into a remnant low later in the day. The storm is forecast to drop two to four inches of rain over the Leeward Islands, the US and British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico during Tuesday.

Dominica received over two inches of rain and Antigua one and a half inches. The approaching storm forced Antigua-based airline LIAT to cancel nearly 40 flights from Sunday to Tuesday but six were reinstated once the storm had passed. Officials with regional carrier Seaborne Airlines also warned of delays and cancellations. Several cruise ships scheduled to visit the US Virgin Islands have cancelled or delayed their trips.

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