Storms unleash heavy rains, wind in Caribbean; flash floods possibleBy AP
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Heavy rains, winds, across Caribbean
ROAD TOWN, British Virgin Islands — Schools and government offices in the British Virgin Islands are closed due to heavy rains from a cluster of thunderstorms that threaten to form a tropical depression.
A government statement warns of possible flash floods. The system is traveling northwest and could also bring flooding to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
A separate system in the eastern Caribbean toppled power lines, destroyed shacks and flooded businesses Monday.
High winds stripped roofs from several homes in Trinidad and in Barbados, where authorities said a police station was flooded and five patrol cars were damaged.
Trinidad police said Tuesday that the storm uprooted a massive silk cotton tree estimated to be 200 years old.
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