Hurricane Jerry gains strength in the Atlantic

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From the National Hurricane Center:

At 11:00 pm, the eye of Hurricane Jerry was 385 miles east of the Leeward Islands. Jerry is moving toward the west- northwest near 16 mph. A west-northwest to northwest motion at a decreasing forward speed is expected over the next few days.

Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 105 mph with gusts to 125 mph. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles. A gradual weakening trend is forecast to begin by late Friday.

On the forecast track, the center of Jerry will move north of the northern Leeward Islands Friday, pass well north of Puerto Rico on Saturday and be well east-northeast of the southeastern Bahamas on Sunday.

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. Maarten, Anguilla, and Anegada. This rainfall may produce life-threatening flash floods. 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.

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