Southern Caribbean islands brace for Tropical Storm Matthew


ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — The southern Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are bracing for a rare brush with a tropical storm.

People across the three Dutch Caribbean islands were stocking up on fuel and other emergency supplies Thursday as Tropical Storm Matthew approached. Weather authorities say the storm is likely to become a hurricane and pass north of the islands.

The so-called “ABC Islands” of the Southern Caribbean are outside of the hurricane belt and rarely get a direct hit from a storm. Aruba’s weather service said the storm is expected to pass about 125 miles (200 kilometers) to the north.

Matthew passed over the eastern Caribbean on Wednesday, causing at least one death. Officials in St. Vincent say a 16-year-old boy died there as he tried to clear a blocked drain.

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