Karen became a tropical storm again and is continuing its trajectory to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
As of 11 a.m. today, the NHC’s bulletin stated that the center of the storm is approaching the two U.S. territories.
Flights out of San Juan's international airport have been canceled.
At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the center of Tropical Storm Karen was located near latitude 17.5 North, longitude 65.8 West. Karen is moving toward the north near 8 mph (13 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue today. A north-northeastward motion with some increase in forward speed is forecast tonight through Wednesday night.
“On the forecast track, the center of Karen will pass near or over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands this afternoon and then move over the western Atlantic tonight and Wednesday,” the NHC reported.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.
Slow strengthening is expected during the next couple of days.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) mainly to the southeast of the center, the NHC said.
Karen is still expected to produce 2 to 4 inches of rainfall over Puerto Rici and the USVI.
With public schools closed, as well as government offices, Public Safety Department officials in Puerto Rico are expected to make an announcement later in the day about plans to resume operations tomorrow.