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Tropical Storm Harvey heads toward eastern Caribbean

Published:Thursday | August 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Yesterday, shops and government offices were closing early in Barbados and flights cancelled as Tropical Storm Harvey approached the eastern Caribbean.

Up to press time, the United States National Hurricane Center in Miami said Harvey had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 kph), as it headed toward Barbados and St Lucia. It was on track to pass near or over Barbados early today on a path toward Central America.

Regional airline LIAT cancelled flights yesterday in and out of Barbados and elsewhere in the eastern Caribbean.

The government of Barbados directed public agencies and the public bus service to shut down early. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry urged all retail businesses to gradually close down in anticipation of the storm.