Strengthening storm expected to pass east of the southeastern Bahamas islands
NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Although Tropical Storm Jerry is expected to pass east of the southeastern islands of The Bahamas on Sunday, meteorologists continue to advise residents to monitor closely for changes to the strengthening storm, which is projected to develop into a hurricane.
“On the forecast track, the center of Jerry will be near or north of the northern Leeward Islands Friday, pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday and east of the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday,” the National Hurricane Center said.
As of 11 a.m., Jerry was located 490 miles east of the Leeward Islands.
It has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour, an increase over the 50 miles per hour observed on Wednesday.
The storm is expected to strengthen until the weekend, before weakening.
On it track, the storm was moving west, northwest at 16 miles per hour.
A tropical storm watch was in effect for Barbuda, Anguilla, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy and Saba and St. Eustatius. A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within 36 hours.
Heavy downpour, thunderstorms and swells are expected to brought to impacted areas.
“Swells generated by Jerry are forecast to begin to affect portions of the northern Leeward Islands this afternoon,” the center said. “These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Please consult products from your local weather office.”
Jerry is one of three systems in the Atlantic Ocean.
There were two other “disturbances” that had a 10 per cent chance of forming into a cyclone within 48 hours: one located just south of Hispaniola and the other, 1,000 miles west of Cabo Verde.
While posing no threat to The Bahamas, Hurricane Humberto remains a major hurricane, located around 415 miles northeast of Bermuda.
It has maximum sustained winds of 110 miles per hours with winds extending outward up to 90 miles.
The storm is expected to weaken and become a post-tropical cyclone this afternoon.