Tropical wave's rains flood airport in Dominica



Roseau: Rains from a passing tropical wave have flooded an airport and knocked out power to roughly 3,000 people on the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica.

Emergency officials say muddy floodwaters have forced the closure of low-lying Canefield Airport, one of the island's two airports. Erosion has toppled several utility poles, leaving some towns without power.

The National Hurricane Centre in Miami said on Sunday that the tropical wave is moving away from the Lesser Antilles Islands and heading westward at 20 mph (32 kph). The tropical system could arrive in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula by Wednesday.

On Saturday, rainfall from the system triggered floods in Trinidad and Tobago. Officials say two people died and two others went missing when floodwaters surged through Trinidad's western town of Diego Martin.

PTI