Another storm in the Atlantic has been upgraded to a hurricane and is expected to strengthen further as it moves through the Caribbean.
Jerry, the 10th named storm of the season, was packing 75 mph winds and even heavier wind gusts Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory.
The Category 1 hurricane is expected to pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday and east of the Bahamas on Sunday. As of 11 a.m., Jerry was located near 500 miles east of the Leeward Islands and was moving northwest at 16 mph, the agency said.
The storm is forecast to produce up to 6 inches of rain from Barbuda to St. Maarten and Anguilla and up to 3 inches to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Tropical storm watches and warnings are in effect for several of those islands, some of which could see “life-threatening surf and rip current” conditions as soon as Thursday afternoon, according to the advisory.
Jerry is one of several storms the hurricane center has been tracking this week.
Hurricane Humberto blew past Bermuda with 110 mph winds on Wednesday night, knocking down power and trees on the tiny British island. The Category 3 storm was expected to become a “powerful extratropical cyclone” on Thursday, the hurricane center said.
...AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT FINDS JERRY IS A HURRICANE... A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for... * Barbuda * Anguilla *...
Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Imelda continued to soak parts of Texas, where even hospitals were forced to evacuated because of widespread flooding. The hurricane center warned about isolated tornadoes and “significant and life-threatening flash flooding” for southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana as Imelda continued to move through the region.
Three other tropical storms — Kiko, Lorena and Lorena — were moving off Mexico’s Pacific Coast on Thursday.