Tropical Storm Jeanne is nearly at hurricane strength as it bears down on Puerto Rico, and forecasters say it could actually be a hurricane by landfall.
Jeanne is now centered about 45 miles south-southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, moving west-northwest at about eight miles an hour. This motion would bring the center of the system over Puerto Rico later today and near the northern coast of the Dominican Republic tomorrow.
There's a hurricane warning posted for Puerto Rico, the U-S Virgin Islands and the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. Jeanne's top sustained winds are now at about 70 miles an hour, with strengthening expected.
Residents of the Bahamas are being told to watch this system carefully. The center of the forecast track takes Jeanne into the Bahamas and to a point in the Atlantic east of central Florida in five days. The western edge of the five-day forecast cone includes much of the Florida peninsula.
So far, only one forecast model indicates possible movement toward the southeast Florida coast. The rest keep the center offshore from the U-S. Forecasters say shearing will inhibit intensification for the next couple of days, but it could resume by later in the week.
Jeanne centered at latitude 17.8 north, longitude 65.8 west.
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