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Tue Aug 10, 2021, 02:35 PM

Rain batters Puerto Rico, USVI as storm warnings issued

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO -- Heavy rains pelted the northern Caribbean on Tuesday as forecasters warned that a disturbance could soon become Tropical Storm Fred following a quiet month of no named storms in the region.

Power outages were already reported in Puerto Rico, where Luma, the company in charge of the U.S. territory's transmission and distribution system, warned those who depend on electricity for life-saving medical devices to activate emergency plans.

“Puerto Rico's system ... continues to be very fragile,” the company said, referring to a power grid that was razed by Hurricane Maria in September 2017.

The disturbance labeled Potential Tropical Cyclone Six was centered 150 miles (240 kilometers) southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. It had maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph) with higher gusts. A tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of at least 39 mph (63 kph).

Read more: https://www.sunherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article253379118.html
(Gulfport Sun Herald)

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