NOAA’s National Hurricane Center issued a Public Advisory at 5 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Monday, September 23, 2019, due to Tropical Storm Karen approaching the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Tropical Storm Karen is located 290 miles south-southeast of St. Croix and is moving to the west-northwest at 8 mph (13 km/h).
The tropical cyclone is forecast to turn to the north on Tuesday.
On the National Hurricane Center forecast track, the center of Karen will move across the eastern Caribbean Sea tonight.
On Tuesday, Karen is expected to pass near or over Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Spaghetti models are in strong agreement that Karen will track north-northwesterly tonight followed by a curve to the north towards Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on Tuesday.
The European and GFS models are in general agreement that Karen will stall by Thursday and then make a sharp westerly turn towards the northern Bahamas and Florida’s east coast.
The official NHC track forecast lies close to the tightly-packed consensus track models TVCN, NOAA-HCCA, and TVCX.
Tropical Storm Karen has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph (65 km/h), with higher gusts.
Tropical Storm Karen is a tropical storm on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center of the tropical cyclone.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra.
A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are likely within the warning area, generally within 36 hours.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the British Virgin Islands.
Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.
Interests in the Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Karen.