Lorenzo set to become powerful hurricane

Tracking the Tropics

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A tropical storm in the Atlantic is forecast to become a large and powerful hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tropical Storm Lorenzo formed over the far eastern Atlantic on Monday morning, and is expected to become a hurricane by Tuesday night.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Lorenzo is about 545 miles west-southwest of the southernmost Cabo Verde Islands with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. It was moving west-northwest at 16 miles per hour.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect at this time.

The NHC also has its eye on  Karen, which became a tropical storm again south of Puerto Rico early morning.

Karen is bringing heavy rains across the Virgin Islands, Culebra and Vieques as it moves north over the Caribbean.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Karen is located about 50 miles north of St. Thomas, and about 85 miles northeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour. It’s moving north-northeast at 14 miles per hour.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Tropical Storm Jerry is expected to slowly weaken and turn northwestward Tuesday night.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Jerry is about 235 miles west-southwest of Bermuda with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, moving north at 5miles per hour.

The storm is forecast to pass near Bermuda on Wednesday and weaken over the next few days.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bermuda.

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