MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Hurricane hunter planes investigated Category 1 Jerry on Thursday evening as the storm continues to churn across the Atlantic.

At 11 p.m., Hurricane Jerry was about 385 miles east of the Northern Leeward Islands. It was moving to the west-northwest at 16 mph with 105 mph winds.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 20 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles.

A west-northwest motion at a similar forward speed is expected over the next few days. On the forecast track, the center of Jerry will be near or north of the northern Leeward Islands Friday, pass north of Puerto Rico on Saturday and east of the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday.


A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…
* Barbuda
* Anguilla
* St. Maarten
* St. Martin
* St. Barthelemy
* Saba and St. Eustatius

Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch areas by early Friday.

Jerry is expected to produce 1 to 3 inches of rainfall, with isolated maximum totals of 4 to 6 inches from Barbuda northwest across St. Marteen/Anguilla into Anegada. Jerry is forecast to produce total rainfall accumulations of 1 to 2 inches with maximum amounts of 3 inches across the the Virgin Islands and
Puerto Rico.

Swells generated by Jerry are forecast to begin to affect portions of the northern Leeward Islands this afternoon.