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Puerto Rico spared major damage from Karen as Lorenzo becomes 5th hurricane of season

2019-09-26

A tropical storm warning has been lifted for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands after Karen drenched the region on Tuesday before moving away from the Caribbean without causing major damage.

Authorities in the U.S. territories and neighboring islands said the storm caused limited power outages, mudslides and flooding, but schools and government offices were set to reopen Wednesday in most of their cities.

Meanwhile, a storm hundreds of miles east was upgraded into the fifth Atlantic hurricane of the season. Lorenzo, which was still about 600 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands, was packing 80-mph winds on Wednesday morning and was likely to become a major Category 3 hurricane by Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory.

Lorenzo was moving northwest at 17 mph, but its latest track suggests the hurricane is not likely to make landfall anywhere in the Caribbean.

TROPICAL UPDATE: NOAA's #GOES16 was watching as #Lorenzo became this season's fifth #hurricane in the eastern #Atlantic early this morning. @NHC_Atlantic expects #HurricaneLorenzo to become a #MajorHurricane by tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/AEjQ55tQym

Another tropical storm the hurricane center was tracking, Jerry, became a post-tropical cyclone on Wednesday. Jerry was expected to pass near Bermuda, which could face heavy rainfall as a result.

In Puerto Rico, many roads were flooded as Karen brought several inches of rain to parts of the island. In addition, nearly 30,000 homes temporarily lost power during the storm.

The hurricane center warned that more rain was expected on Wednesday before Karen completely moves north and dissipates later this week.

The storm was one of two threats the island has faced in the past couple of days. On Monday night, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck several miles off the northwest coast of Puerto Rico, causing more than 50 aftershocks, including a 4.8-magnitude shake Tuesday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. No damage has been reported from any of the incidents.

With News Wire Services