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Tropical Storm Bonnie will develop in the southern Caribbean next week, bringing as much as 6 inches of rain to many of the region’s islands.

As of Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said there was a 90% chance of two potential tropical storms forming in the southern Caribbean within the next five days.

Named Tropical Storm Bonnie, the National Hurricane Center predicts the system will hit Venezuela, Colombia, then Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Venezuela’s government took steps Wednesday to limit its impact from the potential tropical storm and closed schools, opened shelters, and restricted travel by air and water.

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Tropical cyclone Bonnie is expected to make landfall in the southern Caribbean next week, with several islands in the region likely to receive up to 6 inches of rain.

Tropical cyclone Bonnie is expected to make landfall in the southern Caribbean next week, with several islands in the region likely to receive up to 6 inches of rain.
(National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech that heavy rains had become a problem in the country in recent days.

“Care, caution, preparation, steel nerves !,” Maduro said.

Curacao, a Dutch Caribbean island, imposed a curfew on Wednesday morning. The government also ordered businesses to close.

As temperatures rise in the plains, rain falls in the Gulf

In Trinidad & Tobago, where the system passed, power outages and sewage plants were shut down, but no serious damage was reported.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Aruba, Curacao, parts of Venezuela and parts of Colombia.

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Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago and northeastern Venezuela could see up to 6 inches of rain.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.