JULY 29, 2020 2:00PM — Potential Tropical Cyclone 9 continues to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the Leeward Islands including to the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and BVI. The National Hurricane Centre advises that the system is now centred near latitude 16.2 North, longitude 64.7 West, approximately 153 miles (247 km) south of the Territory.
Tropical storm conditions are being observed across the Leeward Islands and will spread across the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico this afternoon through Thursday morning. The BVI remains under Tropical Storm Warning.
Maximum sustained wind speeds of 45 miles per hour with gusts up to 51 miles per hour have been recorded with this system.
It is moving to the west-northwest at approximately 23 miles per hour. On the present track, the system will move near or just south of Puerto Rico later today and tonight.
Further development is expected, with this system forecast to become a tropical storm later today or tonight.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 275 miles (445 km) primarily to the north and northeast of the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 inches).
A small craft advisory remains in effect until at least Thursday.
- Tropical storm force winds possible up to 275 miles from centre of system
- Rainfall of 3-6 inches, with possible flash flooding
- High surf and rip-current conditions today and into tomorrow
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