SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel
A new tropical depression is projected to grow into Hurricane Jerry by Friday and threaten the Caribbean islands and Bahamas in the next five days, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Tropical Depression 10 was moving west-northwest at 10 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, the NHC said Tuesday evening.
Meteorologists expect the storm to increase its maximum sustained wind speed to higher than 39 mph by this evening – meaning it would then be classified as Tropical Storm Jerry, and grow into Hurricane Jerry with at least 74 mph winds by Friday as it approaches the Leeward Islands, the NHC said.
“The depression is expected to strengthen and be a hurricane when its moves near the northern Leeward Islands Thursday night and Friday, although it is too soon to determine if there will be any direct impacts in the islands,” the NHC said.