T&T under Tropical Storm Warning as TS Karen forms

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    A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Trinidad and Tobago, as Tropical Storm Karen has forms in the Atlantic.

    A Warning has also been issued for Grenada and its dependencies.

    Karen will move across T&T from this morning.

    According to the NHC, the storm will then move across T&T and the Windward Islands this afternoon and tonight, and emerge over the southeastern Caribbean Sea Monday morning.

    On Tuesday, Karen is expected to approach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.\

    Maximum sustained winds are near 65 km/h, with little change in strength forecast during the next 48 hours.

    Karen is expected to produce the following rainfall accumulations through Wednesday:

    Windward Islands…3 to 6 inches, isolated 8 inches.

    Leeward Islands…1 to 3 inches, isolated 5 inches.

    Far northeastern Venezuela and Barbados…1 to 3 inches.

    These rains may cause flash flooding and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas.

    The NHC adds that Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach islands within the warning area later this morning and afternoon, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous.

    SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

    A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for

    * Trinidad and Tobago

    * Grenada and its dependencies