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Tropical Storm Karen Forms East Of The Windward Islands This Morning: NHC

SAN JUAN — Tropical Storm Karen formed just east of the Windward Islands and has sustained winds of 40 mph. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Trinidad and Tobago, along with Grenada and its dependencies.

A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 12 hours. A tropical storm watch has been issued for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

A tropical storm watch will likely be required for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands later today, and tropical storm warnings may be issued for other areas in the Windward Islands later this morning.

The storm is expected to track northwest before turning north. Forecasters said wind shear will keep the storm from strengthening for the next couple of days.

Tropical Storm Karen is located about 55 miles east-southeast of Grenada and is moving west-northwest at nine miles per hour. The storm’s maximum-sustained winds were at 40 mph.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season has been busy of late, with a major hurricane causing death and misery to the Bahamas before moving into the Carolina and causing damage there.

The official death toll from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas stands at 52, though authorities expect that number to rise.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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