Karen weakens to tropical depression as it moves toward Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
We are currently monitoring one tropical depression and two tropical storms in the WINK Weather Center.
Tropical Depression Karen
Karen formed yesterday morning near the Windward Islands. As of 11 p.m. Monday, the depression has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and is currently moving over the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Right now, the storm is moving to the north-northwest at 10 mph.
Karen is expected to turn northward as the storm is influenced by Jerry and is forecast to be nearing Puerto Rico by late Tuesday into early Wednesday. The storm could bring 2-4 inches of rain for portions of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands with isolated higher amounts. Then, the storm will likely emerge into the open Atlantic Ocean. Where it goes from there, it is too early to tell.
Several forecast models attempt to stall Karen before bringing it westward after it emerges into the Atlantic. Right now, the National Hurricane Center is indicating a turn by day five on its forecast cone. There is still a lot of time to watch this system and you can trust WINK News to bring you the latest information.
Watches and Warnings
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra. This means tropical storm force conditions are likely within 36 hours.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the British Virgin Islands, meaning tropical storm conditions are possible.
Tropical Storm Lorenzo
Tropical Storm Lorenzo has formed in the Atlantic according to the 5 p.m. advisory from National Hurricane Center. Currently it has maximum winds sustained at 45 mph, and is located about 255 miles south of the Southernmost Cabo Verdes Islands.
Tropical Storm Jerry
Jerry is a non-issue for SW Florida and the eastern United States. The storm is currently moving to the north-northwest and is expected to take a sharp turn toward the northeast this week. This is due to being picked up by a trough of low pressure, with a strong ridge of high pressure building in behind it.