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With its 80 mph winds and torrential
rains, a slow-moving Hurricane Hortense battered Puerto Rico Tuesday, flooding
low- lying neighborhoods, knocking out power, spurring mudslides, and causing
at least one death. Some parts of the island reported up to 15 inches of
With the storm heading northwest toward
the Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic, Hortense could threaten
Florida by week's end.
Thousands of people in Puerto Rico spent