Tropical Storm Earl became the fifth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season on Friday, forming maximum sustained winds of 40 mph 185 miles east of the Leeward Islands, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The storm has moved west-northwest, with a total of 2 to 4 inches of rain expected over the Leeward Islands, US and British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico this weekend, with isolated volumes that could be up to 6 inches.
Strong tropical storm winds are expected to remain north and east of the circulation and remain offshore of these islands. But “as the center of the Earl shifts south, the risk of strong tropical storm winds in those areas increases,” the Hurricane Center warned late Friday.
Squalls caused by gusts of wind with heavy rain could lead to limited flash flooding, especially in urban areas and streams in affected areas, according to the Hurricane Center. There were no monitors or warnings in effect as of Saturday morning.
“We don’t know why the storm weakened, but the slow motion may have caused the cyclone to push up the cold water beneath it,” the NHC said in its latest forecast discussion. state may return.
Daniel became the first hurricane of the Atlantic season and the first named storm in the North Atlantic since July 3, according to the Hurricane Center. The average date for the first hurricane of the season is his August 11th.
Last month was the first August without a named storm in the Atlantic Ocean in 25 years.