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There are three tropical storms in the Atlantic. One could cross Puerto Rico this week


There are three tropical storms active in the Atlantic, and one is forecast to approach Puerto Rico and the U.S., British Virgin Islands on Tuesday.

That’s Tropical Storm Karen, which has picked up speed as it moves northwest across the southeastern Caribbean Sea and toward Puerto Rico. As of the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. advisory, Karen is moving about 12 mph with maximum sustained winds near 40 mph.

Forecasters said the storm is expected to pass near or over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday morning as a tropical storm, with maximum sustained winds at 40 mph. Puerto Rico, as well as the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, are under tropical storm warnings.

But Karen is not well organized and could degenerate into an open wave, if it has not done so already, according to forecasters.

Those in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra are expected to start feeling the tropical-storm-force winds by Tuesday morning, along with heavy rainfall that is expected to last through Wednesday. The National Hurricane Center says these rains could cause flash flooding and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas.

Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands could see two to four inches of rain, with isolated areas seeing eight inches. The Leeward Islands could see one to three inches of rain, with isolated areas seeing five inches.

While the storm remains far from Florida, the state’s Atlantic coast has a high risk of rip currents all week, causing dangerous conditions for small vessels and swimmers, according to the National Weather Service.

It’s then forecast to move over the western Atlantic to the north of Puerto Rico on Tuesday night and Wednesday. Forecasters say it will then slow down significantly and could possibly stall over the western Atlantic later this week. The latest track shows the storm making an abrupt western turn over the weekend toward Florida’s coast.

Next up is Tropical Storm Lorenzo, which formed Monday morning and is expected to strengthen into a hurricane as soon as Wednesday. The 11 a.m. update from the NHC shows the storm headed west at a fast clip — 18 mph — with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.

The latest track shows the storm tilting north on Thursday, keeping it well north of any Caribbean islands, although it’s too soon to tell what impacts any of those islands might see.

And then there’s Tropical Storm Jerry, which is predicted to cross north of Bermuda as a Tropical Storm on Wednesday morning. Jerry is moving north-northwest near 7 mph with maximum sustained winds near 65 mph with higher gusts, according to the 11 a.m. advisory, and is expected to turn north late Monday before turning to the northeast on Tuesday.

The government of Bermuda has issued a tropical storm warning for the island, as of 8 a.m. Monday.

Bermuda may start feeling tropical-storm-force winds by late Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. and see one to three inches of rain across the island through Wednesday. Bermuda may also see large swells affect its coast during the next few days, making life-threatening rip currents possible.


Original story from miamiherald

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