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Officials in the neighboring Dominican Republic, meanwhile, revised the death toll downward to 16. The National Emergency Commission reported Monday that at least 20 had died in the storm, but today, agency spokesman Luis Luna Paulino said they had miscalculated in issuing the earlier figure.
When the hurricane roared ashore at Palm Beach September 16, 1928, many coastal residents were prepared. But inland, along Lake Okeechobee, few conceived the disaster that was brewing. The storm struck first in Puerto Rico, killing 1,000 people, then hit Florida with 125 mph winds. Forty miles west of the coast, rain filled Lake Okeechobee to the brim and the dikes crumbled. Water rushed onto the swampy farmland, and homes and people were swept away. Almost 2,000 people perished.
As of 5 a.m. ET, Noel's center was about 50 miles (85 km) north-northwest of Camaguey, Cuba, and about 205 miles (335 km) south-southwest of Nassau, Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami Florida.