After sitting still Tuesday, Jerry started out slowly in a westerly direction early Wednesday, then stalled again in late morning before shifting to the northeast and amping up its forward speed to 7 mph at 5 p.m., the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.
Jerry, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, was about 1,080 miles west-southwest of the Azores.
No coastal watches or warnings were in effect.
The forecasters said the storm was expected to stay on a northeasterly to east-northeasterly path for the next couple of days while picking up more forward speed but little change in wind strength.
Tropical storm-force winds extended outward from the center up to 45 miles.