Tropical Storm Karen forms, watches issued to Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

The NHC’s forecast track says Karen will move away from the Windward Islands later today and across the eastern Caribbean Sea Monday morning. Karen is expected to get to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Tuesday.
The current Atlantic outlook as of 5 p.m. Sunday. National Hurricane Center
The current Atlantic outlook as of 5 p.m. Sunday. National Hurricane Center
Published September 22

The latest tropical storm of the 2019 hurricane season formed Sunday morning around and is expected to pass near or over Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tropical Storm Karen is 85 miles northwest of Grenada as of the National Hurricane Center’s 5 p.m. advisory. The storm is expected to turn toward the northwest on Monday and then north by Tuesday toward Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands — before then turning out into the Atlantic by Wednesday.

Karen and its sustained winds of 40 mph is not projected to pose any threat to Florida.

The storm is not expected to grow much in strength in the next coming days. Tropical storm winds currently extend up to 105 miles from its eye.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Jerry has maintained intensity as a tropical storm after dropping from hurricane strength earlier this week. The storm has 65 mph winds as it heads north-northwest at 9 mph toward Bermuda and the open Atlantic.

Off the coast of Africa, a tropical wave moving west is expected to become a tropical depression either Sunday night or Monday morning.

The next named storm would be Tropical Storm Lorenzo.