Chantal swirls toward Dominican Republic, Haiti

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A man rowing a boat on the Ozama River protects himself with plastic as rain brought by the outer bands of Tropical Storm Chantal falls in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Tropical Storm Chantal threatened to turn into a hurricane while it churned toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti as authorities there and in Puerto Rico warned of possible landslides and heavy flooding. (AP Photo/Ezequiel Abiu Lopez)PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Tropical Storm Chantal skirted the southern coasts of the Dominican Republic and Haiti on Wednesday, losing some of its force but still posing a flood threat to some of the most vulnerable people in the region.