Tropical Storm Karen heading toward Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were under a tropical storm warning Monday morning night as a “disorganized” Tropical Storm Karen was forecast to approach the islands midweek.

At 5 a.m. Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center, Karen continued to move west-northwest at 8 mph, while holding steady on maximum sustained winds at 40 mph.

The storm was located about 2900 miles south-southeast of St. Croix. Tropical storm-force winds and heavy rain were expected to continue to affect the southern Windward Islands through Sunday night.

Karen is expected to near Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Tuesday.


Meanwhile, a strong tropical wave that moved off the coast of Africa also became a tropical disturbance late Sunday, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday at 11 p.m.

The system is moving west close to 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, about 365 miles from the Cabo Verde Islands. It is forecast to become a tropical storm on Monday and a hurricane by Tuesday.

If it forms, that storm would be named Lorenzo. Those in the Cabo Verde Islands should keep an eye on this, as it’s projected to bring heavy rains and strong winds.

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11 p.m. tracking map for Tropical Storm Jerry National Hurricane Center

Tropical Storm Jerry also continued heading north-northwest, with Bermuda under a storm watch on Tuesday, according to the storm forecast.

While the multiple storms remain far from Florida, the state’s Atlantic coast has a high risk of rip currents all week, causing dangerous conditions for small vessels and swimmers, according to the National Weather Service.

Meteorologists expect a few showers and storms could develop south of Miami and out into the Atlantic coast. Drier conditions are expected late this week, and lead to cooler overnight lows, with temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s.

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