Jerry strengthens into a hurricane, eyes Puerto Rico and Bermuda

Clay Curtis
September 21, 2019

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Humberto still had maximum sustained winds of 110 mph (175 kph) late Thursday morning, with tropical storm-force winds extending outward for 405 miles (650 kilometers).

The rain from the remnants of what was once Tropical Storm Imelda produced significant rain over southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.

As of midnight, the storm was 824 miles south of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 80mph and gusts to 98mph. The fourth hurricane of the 2019 season is expected to pass to the north of the Leeward Islands on Friday, a handful of which are under tropical storm watches. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km).

Hurricane Jerry, which dropped to a category 1 storm Friday morning, is churning through the Atlantic on a path that largely keeps it away from land, although the edges of the storm are expected to bring heavy rain and risky waves to the Leeward Islands through Friday.

The storm, CNN reported, will bring about three inches of rain to Barbuda, St. Maarten, Anguilla, and Anegada.

Jerry is forecast to strengthen during the next day before some weakening begins this weekend. However, development into a tropical cyclone during the next five days appears unlikely. Jerry's core is expected to be well east-northeast of the Bahamas on Sunday and Monday. However conditions are expected to be less favorable when it moves into the eastern Caribbean early next week.

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The storm will pass north of the islands later today.

One to 2 inches of rain will be possible in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Up to 6 inches of rain could fall in some areas.

The next name on the storm list? But, computer models indicate the storm could become "quite strong" as it moves its way across the ocean and was given a 60 percent chance of developing into something potentially risky over the next five days.

A tropical disturbance about 700 miles east of the Windward Islands experienced an increase in thundershower activity earlier Friday.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami has upgraded Lorena to a hurricane as it bears down on Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

There are also three tropical waves that forecasters are observing for development. The atmospheric phenomenon reached the category 1 hurricane on Thursday with winds averaging 120 km/h.

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