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Chantal Bears Down On Dominican Republic, Haiti

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Tropical Storm Chantal was threatening to turn into a hurricane, as it churned toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Authorities there and in Puerto Rico were warning of possible landslides and heavy flooding.

At last word, the storm was about 270 miles southeast of Puerto Rico, with top sustained winds of 65 miles an hour. It's moving to the west-northwest at about 26 miles an hour.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane watch for the Dominican Republic's southern coast. The storm was expected to be near or over that country by Wednesday afternoon. It was expected to be over parts of the Bahamas on Thursday.

Officials in the Dominican Republic urged those living in low-lying areas to leave, but few are doing so. The leader of an impoverished community in Santo Domingo says, "We're sure nothing is going to happen." He adds, "We can't just go and leave behind our belongings."

Officials in Haiti were encountering similar resistance, despite repeated radio warnings.

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