FLORIDA, United States, Wednesday September 18, 2019 – Tropical Storm Jerry formed this morning, becoming the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. And by the time it’s near the Leeward Islands in the next day or two, it’s expected to have strengthened into a hurricane.
The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami reported in its first advisory on Tropical Storm Jerry at 5 a.m., that it was located about 960 miles east of the Leeward Islands and moving towards the west northwest at 13 miles per hour.
Maximum sustained winds were at 45 miles per hour, and additional strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days. A west-northwestward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected over the next few days.
“On the forecast track, the system will be near the northern Leeward Islands Thursday night or Friday…. Jerry is expected to become a hurricane by the time it moves near the northern Leeward Islands,” the NHC said.
It added that although it is too soon to determine if there will be any direct impacts on the islands, interests in the northern Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of this system and have their hurricane plans in place.
Apart from Hurricane Humberto which is expected to pass just to the northwest and north of Bermuda tonight, there are two other areas of interest in the Atlantic.
A tropical wave located several hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing disorganized cloudiness and showers. Some development of that system is possible over the weekend while the system approaches the Windward Islands or across the southeastern Caribbean Sea early next week.
A tropical wave is also forecast to move off of the west coast of Africa tomorrow. Development, if any, is expected to be slow to occur through early next week while the system moves generally westward at 10 to 15 miles per hour.