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Tropical Storm Earl

Earl weakens to a tropical wave

By Associated Press
Published August 17, 2004

ST. GEORGE'S, Grenada - Tropical Storm Earl weakened to a tropical wave over the Caribbean Sea on Monday after unleashing heavy rains and winds that tore off roofs in Grenada and St. Vincent.

Several hundred people fled their homes Sunday in low-lying areas of Grenada and moved to shelters set up in schools, said Sylvan McIntyre, chief of the country's emergency agency. Only two families remained Monday morning, and no one was reported injured.

Winds tore off at least 13 roofs in Grenada, and one nursing home also was evacuated on the eastern Caribbean island.

In nearby St. Vincent and the Grenadines, about 10 homes were damaged with roofs torn off at least two homes, emergency officials said. Banana crops sustained minor damage.

Over the Atlantic Ocean, meanwhile, Hurricane Danielle posed no threat to land, the hurricane center said. Danielle had sustained winds of about 105 mph and was expected to move northwest over the open Atlantic.

[Last modified August 17, 2004, 01:16:57]

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