Jerry strengthens into a hurricane, T&T not expected to be impacted
Jerry has strengthened into a category 1 hurricane according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre.
Jerry is the 10th named storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.
In issuing an advisory on Friday, the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service (TTMS) notes that the islands will not be affected.
"On the current forecast track, this system poses no direct threat to Trinidad and Tobago or Grenada and its dependencies."
According to the TTMS, around 11 am on September 19, 2019, the centre of Hurricane Jerry was located near 16.8ºN latitude 54.4ºW longitude or about 785 kilometres East of the Leeward Islands.
A tropical storm watch is in effect for:
- St Maarten
- St Martin
- St Barthelemy
- Saba and St Eustatius
Interests elsewhere in the northern Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Jerry.
Additional watches could be issued later on Thursday.
Hurricane Jerry is moving to the west-northwest at about 26 km/hr.
On the current forecast track, Jerry is expected to pass just north of the Leeward islands on Friday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 120 km/hr with higher gusts.
Additional strengthening is expected during the next day before some weakening begins this weekend.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 20km from the center and Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 75 km from the center.
Minimum central pressure is 988 mb.
Numerical prediction models have this system affecting the islands of the northern Leeward Islands sometime on Friday.
The TTMS says it will issue another statement at 6 pm or sooner if necessary.