Tropical Storm Laura has maintained a westward movement this afternoon, which has brought it closer to Puerto Rico. Starting tonight, the downpours related to the system will begin to be felt, mainly in the east of the island.
Puerto Rico, Vieques and Culebra have been under a tropical storm warning since this morning.
Beyond the tropical storm winds that this system has (45 mph), the greatest risk will be the rain that could fall in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Meteorological Service in San Juan estimates that up to 8 inches could fall in the eastern half of the country.
“On the predicted route, the center of Laura will move near or over parts of the Leeward Islands later today, near or over Puerto Rico on Saturday morning, and near the north coast of Hispaniola on Saturday night and early Sunday ”, reads the 5:00 pm bulletin
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Rainfall activity associated with Tropical Storm #Laura will cause flash flooding across the islands.
– NWS San Juan (@NWSSanJuan) August 21, 2020
According to the National Hurricane Center (CNH) in Miami, tropical storm Laura will make a long it traveled through the northern Caribbean for the weekend before skirting the west coast of Florida and arriving as a hurricane on the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
Laura, which formed this Friday, is moving west towards the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour (75 km / h).
Tropical storm winds extend from the center of the storm up to 150 miles (240 km).
In Laura's trajectory are, among other islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti) and Cuba, before approaching the United States.
At the other end of the Caribbean, the tropical depression "Catorce" which, according to CNH forecasts, may turn into a tropical storm this Friday, threatens the coast of Honduras and the Yucatan peninsula (Mexico) and may also end in the northern part of the Gulf of Mexico.
If it becomes a tropical storm, according to this year's list, it will be named Marco.
Much of the Caribbean is under meteorological alert and preparations to protect itself from the winds and rains of Laura and Catorce are underway.