By Stacey Leasca
September 20, 2019
Caribbean Atlantic Satellite Image Showing Hurricane Jerry
Credit: NOAA

Hurricane Jerry strengthened into a Category 2 storm on Friday as it continued its path in the Atlantic toward the Leeward Islands. While the storm is certainly a strong one, it appears it will move well north of both the Bahamas and Puerto Rico. However, as forecasters are warning, the storm could move dangerously close to Bermuda over the next few days.

Hurricane Jerry Probable Path
Credit: NOAA

The storm, CNN reported, will bring about three inches of rain to Barbuda, St. Maarten, Anguilla, and Anegada. It could also bring up to two inches of rain to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. As the National Hurricane Center explained, the northern Leeward Islands will see both rain and potential hurricane swells, which could cause "life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.”

As for Bermuda, Hurricane Jerry will come within 449 miles of the island by Monday, according to the Royal Gazette. It could then move closer as the day goes on depending on which track it takes. However, the system is expected to weaken to a Category 1 storm by the time it moves toward the island.

While the hurricane season should technically be winding down it looks like the tropics could still churn out a few more storms. ABC explained, there are several tropical storms still brewing, though none of the ones currently in the Atlantic look to be a threat. However, it noted, Tropical Storm number three could show a bit of might as it develops. The storm, it explained, is still developing over Africa. But, computer models indicate the storm could become “quite strong” as it moves its way across the ocean and was given a 60 percent chance of developing into something potentially dangerous over the next five days. But again, this storm is a long way off, so all we can do is sit and wait.