A warning imposed by tropical storm Karen is in effect for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where Karen could bring heavy rain and possibly flash flooding on Tuesday afternoon.
The storm formed early in the morning on Sunday just east of the Windward Islands. It is the 11th named storm and four have turned into hurricanes. Karen isn't forecast to strengthen to a hurricane but it is stil dangerous. It already hit Barataria, Trinidad and Tobago. Gov. Wanda Vazquez in Puerto Rico tweeted Sunday that government agencies are communicating and preparing ahead of the storm. Karen is currently moving West Northwest at 13 mph, while holding steady on maximum sustained winds at 40 mph. To become a hurricane in accordance with the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale, which categorizes storms, the system must have at least 74-miles-per-hour maximum sustained winds.
From Puerto Rico, the storm was forecasted to move in a northeast direction until Thursday when it was expected to turn northwest. Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands could see two to four inches and up to six inches in isolated areas and the Leeward Islands could experience one to three inches.