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.

Packing gusty winds and dumping heavy rainfall, Karen caused widespread flooding, landslides, fallen trees and downed power lines, as well as damage to property.

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