Sept. 17, 2004 V.I. residents who were up around at 6 a.m. saw the sunrise Friday for the first time in several days. The pink sky was a harbinger of better weather days ahead, forecasters at the National Weather Service in San Juan said.
"But there's a potential for some localized heavy showers," meteorologist Brad Diehl said early Friday morning.
However, those showers will be interspersed with periods of sun and cloudiness.
Diehl said the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are still dealing with what's left of Hurricane Jeanne. He said the storm is bringing up moisture from as far away as South America, which is keeping the area on the damp side.
Meanwhile, Tropical Depression 12 turned into Tropical Storm Karl at the 11 p.m. update Thursday, but early Friday morning forecasters still thought it would spare the territory.
"It's expected to start almost immediately west-northwest and in about two days take a north-northwest track," Diehl said.
There are two more waves out there to watch, but Diehl said it's far too early to say if they'll develop into something to worry about.
At the 5 a.m. update, Tropical Storm Karl had winds of 65 mph with gusts to 75 mph. Forecasters expect Tropical Storm Karl to intensify to hurricane status.
The storm was centered at 11.5 degrees north latitude and 35.3 degrees west longitude. This puts it about 820 miles west-southwest of the Cape Verde Islands.
Tropical storm force winds extend outward 60 miles from the center.
The barometric pressure stands at 994 millibars or 29.34 inches.
The storm was moving toward the west at 11 mph.
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