Subtropical Storm Olga Forms

MIAMI (AP) - Subtropical Storm Olga weakened slightly as it lashed the northern coast of Puerto Rico early this morning. But forecasters fear its heavy rains will trigger flash floods and mud slides by the time it reaches Haiti.

As of 7 a.m. EST, Olga was centered over the waters west of Puerto Rico, about 45 miles east of Cabo Engano in the Dominican Republic.

Olga's maximum sustained winds dropped to 40 miles per hour, and forecasters don't expect the storm to strengthen before it reaches the coast of the Dominican Republic. The mountainous terrain of Hispaniola is expected to further weaken Olga.

Forecasters say up to six inches of rain are expected to fall over Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Up to four inches of rain are expected over Puerto Rico.


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