MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Heavy rain and flash flooding from Tropical Storm Karen will continue over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

At 11 p.m., the center of the storm was about 85 miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was moving to the north-northeast at 14 mph with 45 mph winds.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles to the southeast of the center.

Some strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Karen should continue to move toward the north-northeast 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, but the strong squalls which are to the south of the center will continue to affect that area through Tuesday night.

Karen should move over the western Atlantic later Tuesday night and Wednesday.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for:

  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra
  • British Virgin Islands

Karen is expected to produce the following rainfall accumulations through Wednesday:

  • Puerto Rico, Vieques and the Virgin Islands – 3 to 6 inches, isolated 10 inches.
  • Leeward Islands – 1 to 2 inches, isolated 4 inches.

These rains may cause flash flooding and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas.

Tropical-storm-force winds, especially in gusts, are currently spreading across the warning area.  Winds could be higher on the windward sides of hills and mountains, and also in elevated terrain. This winds should gradually decrease on Wednesday.

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