Tropical Storm Jerry has now developed into a hurricane and continues to strengthen as it advances towards the Lesser Antilles.
According to the Department of Disaster Management’s (DDM) 11 o’clock weather update on Thursday, September 19, Hurricane Jerry has increased its maximum sustained winds from 50 miles per hour to 75 miles per hour with higher gusts.
“Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the centre of the storm and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles,” the DDM stated.
At the time of the update, Hurricane Jerry was located approximately 490 miles east of the Leeward Islands.
The DDM further said that based on the weather predictions for Jerry, the BVI is expected to be impacted around the early hours of Saturday. Forecasters, however, said the extent of the impact depends on the deviation of the hurricane.
“On the current forecast track, the centre of Jerry will be near or north of the northern Leeward Islands tomorrow, pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday, and east of the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday,” the DDM said.
As a result of this latest prediction, a Tropical Storm Watch has been placed on some neighbouring islands to include St Barthelemy, St Maarten, St Martin, Barbuda, Saba and St Eustatius and Anguilla. The DDM continues to urge residents to continue monitoring all updates of the hurricane as it progresses closer to the territory.
The DDM continues to urge residents to continue monitoring all updates of the hurricane as it progresses closer to the territory.
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