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Jerry Strengthens to Category 2 Hurricane

A tropical storm watch was issued for St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy and Saba and St. Eustatius.

What to Know

  • Tropical Storm Jerry formed Wednesday morning, becoming the 10th named storm of the 2019 season with winds at 45 miles per hour.

Jerry became a category 2 hurricane Thursday night with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph as it moved over the Atlantic.

Jerry was moving west-northwest at 16 mph about 385 miles east of the Leeward Islands, according to the latest advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

A gradual weakening trend was forecast to begin for Jerry by Friday evening.

The NHC's forecast cone had Jerry passing just north of the Leeward Islands. Forecasters say Jerry is expected to pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday and be well east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday.

It poses no significant threat to Florida or the East Coast of the U.S.

A tropical storm watch was issued for St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy and Saba and St. Eustatius.

Jerry formed as a tropical storm Wednesday morning, becoming the 10th named storm of the 2019 season.

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