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Tropical Storm Jerry is gaining strength. Here’s what we know so far in the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Jerry became the 10th named storm of the season as it continues to move west over the Atlantic and build strength, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Jerry could start causing problems for the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico this weekend.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Humberto, which has turned away from the East Coast, continues to grow as it heads northeast toward Bermuda. The Category 3 storm is still sending dangerous surf and rip currents to North Carolina and South Carolina.

What does Jerry’s track show?

The storm is expected to become a hurricane by the time it reaches the Leeward Islands this weekend. The forecast puts Jerry passing north of Puerto Rico on Saturday.

The track puts Jerry making a turn to the north before it reaches the Bahamas, but there is still a lot of uncertainty in the five-day forecast.

It’s too early to say if and when the storm will affect the Carolinas.

The National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. forecast Wednesday put Jerry losing steam by Monday, turning to the north and being downgraded to a tropical storm.

Tropical Storm Jerry could strengthen into a hurricane in the coming days, forecasters say. National Hurricane Center

How strong is it?

Jerry is moving north-northwest at 13 mph with sustained winds of 45 mph, according to the latest forecast.

Tropical storm force winds extend out 45 miles from the center of the storm, the National Hurricane Center said.

Jerry is forecast to become a Category 1 storm early Friday with maximum sustained winds of at least 74 mph.

What about Hurricane Humberto?

Hurricane Humberto is well out to sea but continues to strengthen as it moves toward Bermuda.

Humerto’s forecast track puts it moving northwest into the North Atlantic this weekend and losing strength.

The storm may be far away from the Carolina coast, but it is still being felt along the beaches with rough surf and dangerous rip currents, according to the Hurricane Center.

Midday Wednesday, Humberto had maximum sustained winds of 120 mph as it approached Bermuda.

“Hurricane conditions are expected to reach Bermuda this evening and continue into early Thursday morning. Winds are expected to reach tropical-storm strength later this afternoon, making outside preparations difficult or dangerous. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” the Hurricane Center said in its 11 a.m. update.

Hurricane Humberto is well off the coast, but continues to send rough surf and dangerous rip currents to the Carolinas. National Hurricane Centers
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Charles Duncan covers what’s happening right now across North and South Carolina, from breaking news to fun or interesting stories from across the region. He holds degrees from N.C. State University and Duke and lives two blocks from the ocean in Myrtle Beach.