Although Tropical Storm Karen is not well-organized, it is still moving toward Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands, according to today’s 11 a.m. advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for these jurisdictions.
Karen is forecast to bring winds and heavy rainfall to the three aforementioned jurisdictions
As of 11 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Karen was located near latitude 14.9 North, longitude 64.8 West. Karen is moving toward the north-northwest near 12 miles per hour (mph) and this general motion is forecast to continue today. A turn toward the north is expected by Tuesday.
“On the forecast track, the center of Karen will move across the eastern Caribbean Sea today, and pass pass near or over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Tuesday morning. Karen will move over the western Atlantic to the north of Puerto Rico on Tuesday night and Wednesday,” the NHC said.
Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts.
Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are expected to receive 2 to 4 inches of rainfall and up to 8 inches in isolated areas.
“These rains may cause flash flooding and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas,” the NHC said.