Tropical Storm Karen Battering Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands; Lorenzo Strengthening in the Eastern Atlantic


Tropical Storm Karen continues to batter Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with heavy rainfall and gale-force winds. As most recent advisory from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) at 5:00 PM AST (21:00 UTC) September 24, the center of Tropical Storm Karen was located near 18.5°N, 65.3°W, about 45 mi (75 km) east of San Juan, Puerto Rico, or about 10 mi (20 km) north of Culebra. Dorian is moving toward the northeast at near 10 mph (16 km/h). This motion, along with some increase in forward speed, is expected to continue through Wednesday night. Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h), with gusts to 60 mph (95 km/h), and the minimum central pressure is 1003 mb (29.62 inches). Strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Karen could be near hurricane strength by the weekend while the cyclone is located over the western Atlantic Ocean.

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