The 17th named storm of the season developed in the western Caribbean Friday evening, becoming Rafael with winds sustained at 40 mph.
Rafael will continue to churn through the western Caribbean and affect the US and British Virgin Islands today.
The main threats will be gusty winds, soaking downpours and rough seas.
Some of the hardest hit spots will see anywhere from 2-4 inches of rain, with localized locations up to 10 inches possible.
This sort of rain will be capable of causing mudslides, rockslides and flash flooding.
As Rafael heads through the Virgin Islands and dances with the western-half of Puerto Rico, he will head north toward Bermuda by the early to middle part of next week.
Rounds of showers and thunderstorms will move through the Pittsburgh area this weekend with the threat of severe weather.
Stifling heat will persist across the Plains and Deep South this weekend before focusing on the West during the upcoming week.
A 10-month-old girl, who was in foster care, died after being left in a hot car in Wichita, Kansas, Thursday night, according to The Associated Press, as high heat gripped the area.
More summer-like conditions will return to the Boston area for a brief time before a front pushes through the region during the latter part of the weekend.
More summer-like conditions will return to the Washington, D.C., area for a brief time before a front pushes through the region during the latter part of the weekend.
More summer-like conditions will return to the Philadelphia area for a brief time before a front pushes through the region during the latter part of the weekend.
Chester County, PA (1994)
1.5" of rain in 30 minutes.
Wildwood, NJ (2000)
More than 4" of rain.
New Holstein, WI (2007)
Strong thunderstorm winds blew two airplanes into one another at the local airport.