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Hurricane Jerry expected to bring heavy rains to northern Leeward Islands

Posted at 10:54 AM, Sep 17, 2019

At 11 a.m. Friday, Hurricane Jerry was moving toward the west-northwest near 17 mph with 85 mph winds.

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On the forecast track, the center of Jerry will move north of the northern Leeward Islands later today, pass well north of Puerto Rico on Saturday, be well east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday and turn northward on Monday.

Further weakening is forecast during the next day or so, with some re-strengthening possible early next week.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 15 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • St. Maarten
  • St. Martin
  • St. Barthelemy
  • Saba and St. Eustatius
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