Tropics heating up again
Miami, Fl (Treasurecoast.com)- The tropics are heating up again. Tropical Storm Jerry is a couple of hundred miles east of the Leeward Islands and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane.
The storm is expected to move north of Puerto Rico over the weekend, then curl north and head towards Bermuda early next week.
There are also two areas of disturbance that the National Hurricane Center is keeping an eye on. One area is just below the Dominican Republic. That has about a 10 percent chance of developing over the next five days. The other area is way out in the Atlantic moving towards the Windward Islands. That has a 30 percent chance of developing over the next five days.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for… * Barbuda * Anguilla * St. Maarten * St. Martin * St. Barthelemy * Saba and St. Eustatius
At 800 AM AST (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Jerry was located near latitude 16.4 North, longitude 53.9 West. Jerry is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h). A west- northwest motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected over the next few days. On the forecast track, the center of Jerry will be near or north of the northern Leeward Islands Friday and pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday. Maximum sustained winds remain near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Jerry is forecast to become a hurricane later today, with little change in strength anticipated on Friday or Saturday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 995 mb (29.39 inches).