Tropical Storm Jerry picks up speed, changes direction

Oct. 2, 2013 at 8:53 PM

MIAMI, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Tropical Storm Jerry picked up speed as it meandered out in the Atlantic Ocean Tuesday, settling on a northeasterly track as night fell, U.S. forecasters said.

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.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
One arrested after Philadelphia college lockdown
Boehner delays House vote for new speaker
NASA releases thousands of Apollo mission photos on Flickr
Snowden: U.S. won't respond to offers to serve prison time
FDA approves new treatment for advanced lung cancer