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Many who did venture out said they were surprised the islands
DATE:2007-8-17  FROM:  AUTHOR:  DOWN:2799
 
I did not sleep at all last night and was a little worried that the roof of my house would be blown off with all that wind. Thank God it did not," Gwenie Moses said as she checked her small tin-roofed house in Dominica's capital, Roseau.



Dominica's government later reported at least 150 homes were damaged.



In St. Lucia, the storm scattered boulders from the sea onto downtown streets and knocked down trees. With utility poles downed, the power company turned off electricity across the island to prevent people from being electrocuted.



At 5 a.m. EDT, Dean was centered about 660 miles east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica, and about 240 miles south of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was moving west at 17 mph. The storm's maximum sustained winds were near 150 mph.

Dominica, which lies north of Martinique, had minor flooding, a few downed fences and trees and battered banana crops, one of the island's main exports.

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