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.
Showers will dot the Boston area early this week before a turn to a dry and seasonable midweek.
As cooler air presses south into central and eastern Europe, damaging thunderstorms will threaten from Italy to the Baltics.
The weather threatens to interfere with search, rescue and cleanup operations in the wake of the major 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has killed thousands of people with the death toll mounting.
Temperatures will have their ups and downs across the Northeast this week, starting off on a cool note before milder air moves in for the middle of the week.
Showers will work back into the nation's capital on Monday before a turn to a dry and milder midweek.
Throughout the planet’s 4.5-billion-year history, the Earth has undergone amazing and dramatic changes. Even today, the planet is in a constant state of flux.
Denver, CO (1972)
15.4" of snow.
West Virginia (1978)
1-1/2 feet of snow in the mountains; winds over 60 mph along the mid-Atlantic coast.
De Leon, TX (1990)
14.96" of rain.