Caribbean: torrential rains and damage following the passage of tropical storm Philippe

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Storm Philippe, which skirted the north of the West Indies, generated torrential rains in the last few hours.

Lightning destroyed the prestigious Antigua Yacht Club in Antigua and Barbuda. The marina, one of the most prestigious in the Caribbean, hosts major sailing events such as the RORC Caribbean 600, the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and Antigua Sailing Week.

The storm also caused the closure of schools in Dominica and Guadeloupe, as well as private businesses and government agencies.

According to the 11 a.m. local time (3 p.m. GMT) bulletin from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Philippe was located at 18.9 degrees north latitude and 63.9 degrees west longitude 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of Anguilla with sustained winds at 45 miles. per hour (72 km/h), moving northwest at 10 miles per hour (16 km/h).

The authorities of the Guadeloupe said the storm knocked out power to 2,500 customers and left several communities without running water. It also forced the closure of two roads and left a community isolated as crews worked to reopen the roads.

Philippe should approach Bermuda Thursday evening or Friday. Forecasts indicate that between 10 and 20 centimeters of rain are expected from southern Anguilla to Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis and the British Virgin Islands, with a maximum of 30 centimeters. Up to 10 centimeters (4 inches) is forecast for the rest of the Leeward Islands and the northern Windward Islands, as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands and northeastern Puerto Rico.

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