PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – U.N. helicopters were waiting out driving rain that lashed Haiti on Friday before they could assess flood damage from Tropical Storm Noel, which killed at least 48 here and left thousands homeless. The new showers from Noel’s outer bands raised fears of further deaths in a country prone to catastrophic flooding. In the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, the rains largely let up, allowing flights carrying urgently needed relief supplies. Authorities in the Dominican Republic confirmed 79 deaths and said at least 62,000 were left homeless by the storm. The storm grew into Hurricane Noel as it passed Thursday over the Bahamas, where flooding killed one man and forced the evacuation of nearly 400 people. The storm then shifted north, heading parallel to the U.S. Atlantic coast toward Nova Scotia. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.By Friday evening, Noel had sustained winds of 80 mph and was centered about 320 miles southeast of North Carolina. The National Hurricane Center predicted that the storm would produce up to four inches of rains over parts of eastern New England. Noel is the deadliest storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, with at least 129 dead. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!