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Tropical Storm Jerry forms in the Atlantic

Forecasters expect the storm to reach hurricane status on Friday.
Tropical Storm Jerry is expected to become reach hurricane status on Friday. [National Hurricane Center]
Published Sep. 18
Updated Sep. 18

A morning advisory from the National Hurricane Center has upgraded Tropical Depression 10 to a tropical storm, now named Jerry. The forecast currently has the storm turning to the north as it begins to approach the eastern Caribbean Saturday night.

The storm currently has maximum-sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and is moving northwest at 13 mph.

While it is too soon to determine what impact the storm may have on the Caribbean islands, meteorologists are encouraging islanders to begin planning and to continue monitoring the storm.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Humberto is expected to begin impacting Bermuda today. Winds are forecast to increase through the day. The island-nation should start receiving hurricane-force winds tonight.

Humberto will deliver life-threatening surf and rip currents along the east coast from Florida to North Carolina over the next couple of days.

In the Gulf, Tropical Depression Imelda made landfall in Texas overnight.

An advisory posted at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning warned of significant flash flooding in East Texas over the next couple of days.

The storm is expected to drop 6-12 inches of rain, while some areas could see as much as a foot-and-a-half of precipitation.

Maximum-sustained winds are currently sitting at 30 mph. The storm is forecast to continue weakening during the next two days.

Also, a tropical wave located several hundred miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands is producing disorganized cloudiness and showers. Some development of this system is possible over the weekend while the system approaches the Windward Islands or across the southeastern Caribbean Sea early next week.

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