Tropical Storm Karen forms in Atlantic, targets Puerto Rico

Tropical Storm Karen forms in Atlantic, targets Puerto Rico
According to the 2 p.m. Sunday, Tropical Storm Karen is expected to head northward through the week next week. (Source: National Hurricane Center)

(Gray News) - Adding to a busy Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Karen developed Sunday in the Atlantic and has moved into the Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center said.

According to current predictions, the storm isn’t expected to impact the mainland U.S. in the next several days, though Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands were placed under a tropical storm watch Sunday morning.

The storm is expected to track northwest before turning north. Forecasters said wind shear will keep the storm from strengthening for the next couple of days.

Tropical Storm Karen is located about 60 miles north of Grenada and is moving west-northwest at 13 mph. The storm’s maximum-sustained winds were at 40 mph.

Tropical storm warnings have been issued for Grenada and its dependencies.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season has been busy of late, with a major hurricane causing death and misery to the Bahamas before moving into the Carolina and causing damage there.

The official death toll from Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas stands at 52, though authorities expect that number to rise.

A couple of weeks later, a rain-dumping tropical system broke precipitation records in the Houston area, causing catastrophic flooding that killed at least 5 people.

Another tropical storm, Jerry, is churning in the Atlantic. Though it may bring Bermuda some stormy weather, that storm is expected to stay away from the U.S. mainland.

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