TROPICAL STORM JERRY
|Tropical Storm Jerry in the Caribbean
A tropical wave moved west off the coast of Africa into the Atlantic on October 1. The wave did not begin to organize significantly
until October 4, when deep convective banding was first noticed. On October 6, the wave was organized enough to become Tropical
Depression Twelve, about 540 miles ESE of the Windward Islands. The depression moved WNW and strengthened under light vertical
wind shear, becoming Tropical Storm Jerry late on October 6. Jerry strengthened as it approached the Windward Islands, and
reached a peak intensity of 50 mph and a minimum pressure of 1004 mbar. Jerry moved into the Windward Islands late on September
7, passing just south of Barbados.
Jerry passed near St. Vincent late on the 7th as it increased in forward speed and turned more to the west.
The shear increased on the system as it entered the Caribbean Sea on September 8, and Jerry lacked a single center of circulation.
Jerry deteriorated further as it moved rapidly to the west about 200 miles south of Puerto Rico. The storm was downgraded
to a tropical depression on September 8, and dissipated early on September 9. There were no reports of damages or casualties
due to Jerry, despite approaches to numerous islands.