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Hurricane Jerry expected to turn north on Saturday

The system is expected to produce heavy rainfall and flash floods in the eastern Caribbean.
Hurricane Jerry is expected to begin moving to the north on Saturday. A tropical wave is expected to develop off the coast of Africa over the weekend. [National Hurricane Center]
Published Sep. 20
Updated Sep. 20

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center issued an advisory Friday morning which put Hispaniola and Puerto Rico out of the path of Hurricane Jerry.

The hurricane is forecast to move well north of the islands, though strong winds, heavy rainfall and flash floods are possible today. Puerto Rico could see winds arrive this evening, while Haiti and the Dominican Republic would begin seeing impacts early Saturday morning.

The storm is moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour and is expected to begin affecting Bermuda on Tuesday.

Elsewhere in the region, meteorologists are keeping an eye on two other disturbances.

The first disturbance is currently located 700 miles east of the Caribbean and currently has a 30 percent chance of further development over the next five days. The disturbance is moving west at 20 miles per hour and will produce disorganized showers and thunderstorms.

The second disturbance is currently located just south of Hispaniola. Forecasters put the chance of further development at 10% over the next five days. Localized heavy rainfall is expected as the system moves through the Greater Antilles.

A tropical wave is expected to form off the west coast of Africa over the weekend. Forecasters say that it is likely to develop into a tropical depression or tropical storm early next week.

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