Hurricane Jerry formed Thursday morning in the Atlantic Ocean with 75 mph winds.
According to the 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center, Jerry is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph.
A west-northwest motion at a similar forward speed is expected over the next few days.
On the forecast track, the center of Jerry will be near or north of the northern Leeward Islands on Friday, pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday and east of the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday.
Jerry is forecast to strengthen during the next day before some weakening begins this weekend. By Sunday, Jerry is expected to turn north and away from the east coast of the U.S.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 10 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:
- St. Maarten
- St. Martin
- St. Barthelemy
- St. Eustatius