Tropical Storm Jerry is soaring through the Atlantic, but forecasters show the storm is still slated for a northern bend that takes it far away from any land, although it’s too soon to know for sure.
Jerry is expected to briefly strengthen to a hurricane by Thursday as it crosses warmer waters and encounters favorable winds before weakening back to a tropical storm on Saturday.
By 11 p.m. Wednesday, forecasters warned the system is “likely to become a hurricane soon.”
The current track puts the storm closest to land on Friday. Barbuda, Anguilla, St. Maarten, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Saba and St. Eustatius were under tropical storm watches as of Wednesday night.
Once it passes the Leeward Islands, the National Hurricane Center said Jerry could make a sharp curve to the northeast, keeping its cone of concern far from Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and the Bahamas and well east of Florida’s coast.
That potential curve is thanks to weaknesses in a low-pressure ridge left behind by Hurricane Humberto, which hit Bermuda as a Category 3 storm Wednesday.
The island could see up to 3 feet of storm surge and already reporting 3 inches of rain in some places.
As of the 11 p.m update, NHC’s track showed Jerry could follow Humberto and cross over the island later next week as a tropical storm.
Two more tropical disturbances appeared in the Atlantic this week after Jerry — one just behind the tropical storm and another to the south of Hispaniola. Neither have high chances of forming in the next five days, forecasters said.