JERRY EXPECTED TO PRODUCE HEAVY RAINS OVER THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS AS IT PASSES TO THE NORTH OF THAT AREA LATER TODAY
At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Jerry was located near latitude 18.4 North, longitude 58.7 West. Jerry is moving toward the west-northwest near 16 mph (26 km/h). A west-northwest to northwest motion at a decreasing forward speed is expected over the next few days. On the forecast track, the center of Jerry will move north of the northern Leeward Islands later today, pass well north of Puerto Rico on Saturday, and be well east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 105 mph (165 km/h) with higher gusts. A gradual weakening trend is forecast to begin later today, but Jerry is expected to remain a hurricane during the next few days.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km).
The estimated minimum central pressure is 981 mb (28.97 inches).
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