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Tropical Storm Cristobal in the Atlantic Impacts: System Brings Heavy Rain, Flooding to Puerto Rico

By Allie Goolrick
Published: August 24, 2014

The third tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season formed on Sunday over the Turks and Caicos Islands after the system dumped heavy rain on Puerto Rico Saturday, sparking flooding and landslides and downing trees and power lines. 

(MORE: Where is Tropical Depression Headed?)

On Saturday, Tropical Storm Cristobal (a tropical depression at the time) left more than 17,000 people without power and nearly 5,600 without water in Puerto Rico.  A small bridge collapsed in the central town of Barranquitas, isolating some 25 families in the area, according to police. No one was injured.

In the central mountainous municipality of Adjuntas, landslides were reported along the PR-123 highway, according to Puerto Rican news station El Nuevo Dia. Meanwhile, heavy rains have caused flooding in several communities including the Vega Baja municipality on the northern coast and in neighborhoods around the northern coastal city of San Juan.

Photos posted on social media show heavy street flooding and rivers swollen and muddied.  

The system is expected to pass over or near the central Bahamas on Sunday.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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