At 5:00 am the center of Tropical Storm Jerry was located near latitude 14.1 North, longitude 47.7 West, or about 920 miles southeast of St. Maarten. Jerry is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h). A west-northwestward motion at a slightly faster forward speed is expected over the next few days.
On the forecast track, the system will be near the northern Leeward Islands Thursday night or Friday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts.
Further strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Jerry is expected to become a hurricane by the time it moves near the northern Leeward Islands.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1004 mb (29.65 inches).
Residents and the General public should put plans in place and monitor the progress of this system.Meteorological Department St. Maarten will continue to monitor this system and keep the public updated accordingly.