Saturday, September 21st 2019, 8:45 pm - While Jerry is currently alone in the Atlantic, things may not stay that way for long.
Storm Jerry has weakened slightly, and while that's good news for the Leeward Islands, there is still cause for the residents of Bermuda to be on alert.
Now Tropical Storm Jerry once again, the storm weakened early Saturday, with maximum sustained winds dropping to about 100 km/h. With the storm set to continue on a path to the northwest into Sunday, its track keeps it well offshore north of Puerto Rico, though the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) still cautions locally heavy rainfall on the island is possible through the weekend.
WATCH BELOW: POTENTIAL TRACKS OF STORM JERRY
While the storm is expected to fluctuate in intensity for the next few days, the official forecast does have it returning to hurricane strength through the middle of next week -- just as it approaches Bermuda. The current forecast track takes it directly over the island as a Category 1 hurricane sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
This track is likely to shift as the storm continues along its course, however, it bears close watching for those with interests in Bermuda.
ATLANTIC BASIN REMAINS ACTIVE
While Jerry is the only storm in the Atlantic basin at present, it may not be alone for long, as the NHC tracks numerous other points of interest in the region.
The two most likely spots for development are near the northern coast of South America, over the Windward Islands, and a tropical wave still located over western Africa.
The other disturbance has yet to move out over the Atlantic, but given the conditions over the eastern tropical Atlantic, the NHC expects this wave will readily develop as we move into early next week, giving us the potential for a long-track hurricane to move across the ocean.
Stay with us here at The Weather Network as we continue to cover the peak of hurricane season.