Published On: Fri, Sep 20th, 2019

Hurricane Jerry NOAA 2am update: Hurricane Jerry continuing to strengthen – Swells warning | World | News

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Atlantic hurricane season activity is continuing as Hurricane Humberto, Hurricane Jerry and several other disturbances track through the ocean. Hurricane Jerry is growing in strength as it heads towards the Leeward Islands, and it is expected to strengthen further throughout today (Thursday). On its current path, the centre of Jerry will be near or north of the northern Leeward Islands on Friday and pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday.

As of the NHC’s 2am AST (7am BST) update Jerry has strengthened to hurricane status, with winds of 105mph.

Jerry was located approximately 340 miles east of the Leeward Islands and moving west-northwestward at a speed of 16mph.

According to the NHC: “Satellite images indicate that the centre of Jerry is on the northwestern side of the central dense overcast near a very deep convective burst.

“An Air Force recon plane just flew through the centre and found a central pressure of 988mb and SFMR values near 65 kt.

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“These data support making Jerry the 4th hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season with an initial wind speed of 65 kt (75mph).

“Jerry has the potential to further strengthen today, but an increase in northwesterly shear related to an upper-level ridge is anticipated overnight. 

“This change in shear will likely arrest the development of Jerry and start a slow weakening trend sometime tomorrow.”

There are several watches and warnings in effect and these are for:

  • St. Maarten
  • St. Martin
  • St. Barthelemy
  • Saba and St. Eustatius

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Jerry is the 10th named storm of Atlantic Hurricane season and if the NHC predictions ring true, could be the fourth hurricane of the 2019 season. 

The NHC advises people with Interests in the northern Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Jerry.

NASA’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard Suomi NPP provided a visible image of the Tropical Depression 10, which later became Tropical Storm Jerry.

NASA writes: “The VIIRS image showed that the storm had taken a more rounded circulation than previously in the day, indicating it had become better organized.

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“The image also showed strong bands of thunderstorms that were located over the southern and southwestern portions of the circulation but were limited over the remainder of the cyclone.”

The exact path Jerry could take is unknown, and this uncertainty is causing concern for some forecasters. 

Dan Kottlowski, Accuweather’s hurricane expert said: “We are still concerned that Jerry will take a slightly more westerly track.

“If that happens, Jerry could pass very close to the Leeward Islands and dangerous and damaging conditions could unfold.”

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