At 8:00 pm, the center of Tropical Storm Karen was located near latitude 18.5 north, longitude 65.3 west or about 150 miles west of St. Maarten.
Karen has been moving toward the northeast near 10 mph (16 km/h).
However, Karen should move toward the north-northeast with some increase in forward speed tonight, with this motion continuing through Wednesday night.
On the forecast track, the center of Karen will move away from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands during the next few hours.
Maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (70 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected during the next couple of days.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) mainly southeast of the center.
The minimum central pressure reported is 1003 mb (29.62 inches).
Meteorological Department St. Maarten will continue to monitor the progress of this system and keep the public updated accordingly.
POTENTIAL IMPACTS FOR ST. MAARTEN:
Rainfall: Rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Karen continues to diminish across the local area.
However, it is still possible for rainfall accumulations of 1 to 2 inches through Wednesday. Unstable conditions will continue with some showers accompanied by gusty winds and thunderstorms possible through tonight into Wednesday. Flooding is possible in flood-prone areas therefore, residents and users of these areas should continue to be vigilant.
Seas: Above normal swells are expected to continue mainly along the southern and western coast, during the passage of Tropical Storm Karen. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Beach erosion is possible in vulnerable areas. Small craft operators should exercise extreme caution and sea-bathers are advised to stay away from the sea.