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.
As millions prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8, rain and severe storms threaten to disrupt outdoor activities and travel plans.
While a brief break in the wet weather is coming early next week, rounds of rain will resume later next week and cause difficulties for outdoor plans and agriculture through much of May.
As a strong El Niño fades, the weather across the country will slowly change. In much of the eastern United States, a hot summer is in store.
A system with rain and thunderstorms will bring both good and bad news to the western United States later this week.
The threat of severe weather will return to the south-central United States this weekend.
Plenty of warmth and sunshine will be in the forecast this Saturday as the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby takes place at famed Churchill Downs in Louisville this Saturday.
Great tornado; started near Hungry Town, passed through Nottoway and Dinwiddie to Petersburg and Prince George.
Denver, CO (1917)
Greatest May snowstorm; snowfall of 12".
Record cold moved into the Great Lakes. New records set at Grand Rapids (28 degrees) and Marquette (21 degrees).