JERRY STRENGTHENING OVER THE TROPICAL ATLANTIC OCEAN…

UMMARY OF 1100 AM AST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION ———————————————– LOCATION…14.6N 49.2W ABOUT 855 MI…1375 KM E OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…50 MPH…85 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 14 MPH…22 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1002 MB…29.59 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS ——————– There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Interests in the northern Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of this system. Watches could be issued this afternoon or evening. DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK ———————- At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Jerry was located near latitude 14.6 North, longitude 49.2 West. Jerry is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h). A west- northwest motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected over the next few days. On the forecast track, the system will be near the northern Leeward Islands Friday and pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday. Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph (85 km/h) 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 center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1002 mb (29.59 inches). HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND ———————- None

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