Tropical Storm Jerry continues way out in the open Atlantic Ocean about 1080 miles WSW of the Azores. Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph. Jerry is moving toward the ENE at 7 mph and is expected to continue moving in that direction for a couple more days with an increase in forward speed. Little change in strength is expected through Friday.
Disturbance 97-L continues as a broad area of low pressure in the NW Caribbean Sea. An Air Force Hurricane Hunter investigated 97-L and could not find a well-defined center of low pressure. The system will continue moving slowly NNW tonight and Thursday. This motion will place the system in the southern Gulf of Mexico Thursday. Conditions favor development of 97-L into a tropical cyclone at anytime during the next day or two. Most of our forecast data suggests this system will stay well east of central Louisiana. Model intensity forecasts do not develop the system into a hurricane. Stay tuned; however, as it is still too early to be definitive about what will eventually happen with 97-L.