A look at some of the top stories making the news today, August 29th, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m Suzette Speaks for CNW 90.

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Here’s a look at our top stories:

The national weather service reports that the Tropical wave was weakening, but was still expected to bring stormy weather to South Florida. The rain could become heavier and more widespread by today with windy weather expected. Officials in North Miami were giving away free sand bags to help homeowners prepare for potential flooding while mosquito control has been spraying drains with chemicals to kill larva in order to reduce the public risk for the Zika virus.

Investigations have commenced into the cause of a power cut that plunged Jamaica into darkness for several hours on Saturday. The outage occurred shortly before 6pm –  a situation that the light and power company, the Jamaica Public Service, JPS, has attributed to a “procedural error” which led to several generating units going off-line simultaneously. In response, the JPS says it will have to re-evaluate its distribution system in order to prevent another major shut down of the power grid. President and CEO of the JPS, Kelly Tomblin has admitted that human error at the Hunts Bay Power station triggered to blackout. She also said the company is faced with challenges in providing energy to customers. A report was submitted to Energy Minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley last night.

International reggae artist Shaggy will headline the 15th annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival November 13, at Markham Park in Sunrise. The event will include family games, cooking contests, celebrities and jerk foods. Early Bird discount tickets on sale online at jerkfestival.com now through Sept. 14.

Let’s take a look at sports:

The two-match final Twenty20 International series between India and West Indies, was abandoned due to rain Sunday in Lauderhill. Although the rain lasted less than half-an-hour, the wet outfield could not be dried to resume the match. West Indies won the series 1-0 because of their dramatic one-run victory Saturday. The result has no impact on the standings in the ICC T20I rankings as India remains at second spot ahead of West Indies.

And now, here’s what’s trending:

At the age of 104, May Garcia, born in Kingston, Jamaica, became a U.S. citizen Friday, during a ceremony in Fort Lauderdale. Garcia, who visits the Sadkin Senior Community Center daily for Zumba classes, witnessed Jamaica’s independence from Britain and moved to the U.S. in 1993. Garcia became a citizem just in time to be able to vote in the next presidential election.

For today’s weather forecast:

Thunderstorms in Broward County with a high of 86 and a low of 75. Scattered thunderstorms in Miami-Dade, with a high of 84 and a low of 78.

For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.

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You’ve been watching CNW90, I’m Suzette Speaks.

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