Tropical Depression 10 has now been upgraded to a tropical storm and is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane within the next several hours.
According to the Department of Disaster Management’s (DDM) 11 o’clock weather update on Wednesday, September 18, Tropical Storm Jerry has maximum sustained winds nearing 50 miles per hour with higher gusts.
“Jerry is forecast to become a hurricane by late Thursday, with little change in strength anticipated on Friday and Saturday. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the centre,” the DDM said.
Current predictions indicate that the territory will experience heavy rainfall from Friday as Jerry moves closer. The weather system is also expected to bring gusty winds and rough sea conditions, especially on northern coasts.
Jerry to arrive on Saturday
“On the forecast track, the system will be near the northern Leeward Islands Friday and pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday, [September 21],” the DDM said.
This means Jerry is expected to reach the territory by Saturday. At 11 am on Wednesday, September 18, the centre of the storm was located near latitude 14.6 degrees North, longitude 49.2 degrees West.
“Jerry is moving toward the west-northwest at 14 mph. A west-northwest motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected over the next few days,” the DDM said.
Persons are reminded to continue to monitor the weather system for any change in its path and intensity, as it travels closer to the territory.
In the meantime, the DDM is advising residents to review their family plans and check for items they may need.
“Check your homes, shutters, drainage paths or specific areas. This will avoid you trying to do and remember certain activities at last minute,” it said.
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