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Puerto Rico schools closing ahead of Tropical Storm Karen

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Schools in Puerto Rico will be closed Tuesday as residents gear up for impacts from Tropical Storm Karen, the governor said.A tropical storm warning is in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Karen could bring heavy rain and possibly flash flooding. Some areas could see up to 6 inches of rain.Winds are not considered a major danger and the storm isn’t forecast to strengthen to a hurricane.Karen, which already hit Barataria, Trinidad and Tobago, will move near or over Puerto Rico on Tuesday afternoon.After slamming Puerto Rico, most models show Karen slowing down and some models forecast the storm moving west towards the Bahamas. But other models show Karen moving east, away from the U.S. and the Bahamas — it’s too soon to tell where it’ll go.In Puerto Rico, where residents are still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria two years ago, Gov. Wanda Vazquez tweeted Sunday that government agencies are communicating and preparing ahead of the storm.“I urge citizens to be calm but vigilant and update their family’s plan,” Vazquez said.Tropical Storm Jerry is also churning in the Atlantic and isn’t forecast to strengthen to a hurricane. It should move just north of Bermuda, where a tropical storm watch has been issued.The biggest threat for Bermuda will be some gusty winds of up to 50 to 60 mph and up to 3 inches of rain.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Windies still not guaranteed of a World Cup spot against ICC lightweights – Sammy

first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – Former Test and one-day captain Darren Sammy believes West Indies are still not guaranteed of a World Cup spot, even if they are forced to tackle ICC lightweight sides in a 10-team qualifier scheduled for next year.The Caribbean side currently look likely to miss out on automatic qualification for the 2019 tournament in England, with only the hosts and the remaining top seven nations in the ICC rankings by September 30 earning direct berths.West Indies are ranked ninth on 77 points, 16 ratings points behind eighth-placed Sri Lanka.But Sammy pointed out that many of the non-Test-playing sides had improved drastically over the last year and West Indies would have to play well to earn one of the last two World Cup spots on offer in the qualifier.“Qualifying for the last two spots that’s not even guaranteed,” he said here this week.“It is difficult to beat Ireland in their condition; we just saw Scotland beat Zimbabwe so all kind of countries are improving.“Just like Bangladesh have improved and gone past us and we saw in the last World Cup where Ireland defeated us as well, so it’s a long way to go. I think with the way we structure our cricket we are not going anywhere.”The Windies shock loss to Ireland came in Nelson, New Zealand in 2015 when the minnows chased down 305 to pull off a sensational World Cup win.And last November, West Indies twice failed to beat current World number 11, Zimbabwe, in a Tri-Nations Series in the African nation, to miss out on the final.Their devastating defeat to Afghanistan in the opening game of a three-match series earlier this month in St Lucia saw them lose more points in the ICC rankings.The Windies will take on the likes of Zimbabwe, Scotland, Ireland and Afghanistan, along with sides like Kenya and Namibia, if they are forced to go through the World Cup qualifying tournament.West Indies face India in an all-important five-match one-day series starting in Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow and then take on England in another five-match rubber in September, in a quest to better their rankings.last_img read more