Lorenzo becomes a hurricane as Tropical Storm Karen is moving away from Puerto Rico and Jerry begins to weaken

Brett Clarkson and Tonya Alanez, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Weather News

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The active and changing tropics became more so Wednesday when the storm farthest away from South Florida -- Lorenzo -- became the fifth hurricane of this season.

Lorenzo is just one of four systems currently on the radar.

Tropical Storm Karen was moving away from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands early Wednesday, but was continuing to drop rain with the potential of flash flooding, according to the National Hurricane Center.

At 5 a.m., Karen was located about 155 miles northeast of San Juan with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and was moving north at 14 mph.

Tropical storm warnings for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands were discontinued Wednesday morning.

Beyond Puerto Rico, Karen's long-range forecast track takes it north in the Atlantic, where it is projected to head slightly northeast before making a U-turn towards the southwest on Friday or Saturday, which would put Karen on a path generally toward the Bahamas and the United States.


While its track is uncertain, there is consensus that Karen will remain a tropical storm and not strengthen into a hurricane throughout the next several days.

Karen is among the tropical systems currently being monitored in the Atlantic hurricane basin, which includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico.

One of the others is Jerry which, on Wednesday, had its designation changed to Post-Tropical Cyclone Jerry. The term is meteorological and doesn't make a significant difference in Jerry as a weather system.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jerry was positioned about 155 miles west of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph as it moved slowly, 7 mph, toward the northeast.


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