Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands residents urged to prepare for heavy winds, rain from Tropical Storm Karen


Residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are being urged to prepare for heavy winds and rain from Tropical Storm Karen.

Karen, currently packing winds of about 40 mph, is expected to make an approach through those areas Tuesday though her trajectory could change according to weather experts.

While the storm lacks the ferocity of others, downpours and gusty winds are likely and Puerto Rico’s power grid is still shaky from the impact of Hurricane Maria two years ago.

“I urge citizens to be calm but vigilant and update their family plan,” Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez posted on Twitter.

She also noted that an emergency management plan has been activated across the island, where 3.2 million people reside.

Flash flooding and mudslides could occur, according to a National Weather Service advisory, noting that 2-4 inches of rain are possible, with the chance of even more falling in isolated areas.

“Remember that keeping calm and being informed is essential to make the best decisions in times of emergency,” read a posting from the island’s emergency management agency.

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