Rain Lashes Federation

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By Steve Thomas Observer Nevis Editor
(St. Kitts and Nevis) ” Occasional strong winds and heavy rains have been causing problems in the Federation since mid-week, when the Basseterre waterfront took a muddy bath and a woman on Nevis was reportedly caught in fast-rising water in a ghaut, but escaped unharmed. On Thursday, Tropical Depression Paloma was upgraded to a tropical storm. Centered along the Nicaragua/Honduras border, Paloma may become a hurricane today. Forecasters have said the storm could turn northeasterly and move toward the Cayman Islands and Cuba. On the Basseterre waterfront, Wednesday night’s rainstorm left many of the streets filled with mud. Heavy equipment was used to remove some of the debris while store owners and operators in the area worked to clean up the area. According to some witnesses, this kind of mess is normal along the Basseterre waterfront after any heavy rain storm. On Nevis, a jeep slid into a ditch near the Rams store during the storm. Two people were taken to the hospital following the wreck. No fatalities were reported by authorities. A woman in the Bath Village area was reportedly caught in a ghaut during the rain. The water rose and carried her for a short distance before she could get out. She was not harmed. For the next week, scattered rain is forecast for the Federation. The 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season ends on Nov. 30. The 2008 named storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic region have been: Tropical Storm Arthur; Hurricane Bertha; Tropical Storm Cristobal; Hurricane Dolly; Tropical Storm Edouard; Tropical Storm Fay; Hurricane Gustav; Hurricane Hanna; Hurricane Ike; Tropical Storm Josephine; Hurricane Kyle; Tropical Storm Laura; Tropical Storm Marco; Tropical Storm Nana; Hurricane Omar and Tropical Storm Paloma.

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