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Trinidad and Tobago awoke on Sunday to news that the tropical wave that was expected to pass over the islands yesterday morning had developed into Tropical Storm Karen, and that the country was under a Tropical Storm warning.

All schools are to remain closed today. However, Government offices and businesses will be open as usual. National Security Minister Stuart Young made the announcement yesterday, during a joint media conference, held at the ministry’s office, Port of Spain.

PUBLIC UTILITIES Minister Robert Le Hunte said yesterday that the passage of Tropical Storm Karen would go a long way in restoring Trinidad’s supply of potable water.

Dormant for 22 years, the Piparo Mud Volcano has stirred to life, and there is a strong likelihood that it will blow. Senior geoscientist at Touchstone Exploration, Xavier Moonan, who visited the site yesterday, said he had found all the signs for a significant eruption.