PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Tropical Storm Tomas pushed northward Saturday after hitting parts of Haiti as a hurricane, leaving villagers to mop up, evacuees to return to their tents and most everyone relieved that the country did not suffer what could have been its first big disaster since the January earthquake.

The storm’s western track caused widespread floods, wind damage along the far edge of Haiti’s coast and is blamed for at least six deaths. It was a serious blow, but far better than had been feared in a nation where storms have been known to kill thousands, and more than 1 million quake survivors were living under tarps and tents.

“It really didn’t dump a lot of rain on us, so we got very lucky,” said Steve McAndrew, Haiti earthquake relief coordinator for the American Red Cross.

Mountain towns were cut off by flooded roads and landslides, including one in the mountains near the southern port of Jacmel.