It’s expected to pass “near or over” Puerto Rico on Tuesday, the National Hurricane Center said.
Heavy rain and tropical storm-force winds are expected, CNN meteorologist Michael Guy said.
“This could be enough to bring down trees, and the infrastructure for power is still weak after Maria, so I anticipate power outages,” Guy said. “Strong rip currents will also be a danger for the next few days. (Tuesday) for the southern shores of the islands and northern shores through Thursday.”
Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced tweeted Monday that a Price Freeze Order had been issued on the island and included gas, diesel and other essential products.
Puerto Rico’s Department of Education said on Monday it was also “taking the necessary measures” to guarantee security during the storm. Garced announced she was suspending classes and work for government employees on Tuesday, a news release for the department said.
Tropical storm warnings were in effect in the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico — including Vieques and Culebra — as well as the British Virgin Islands. A flash flood watch will be active until Wednesday for Puerto Rico and the US Virginia Islands, the NHC said.
The Leeward Islands will also see some 3 inches of rain.
“These rains may cause flash flooding and mudslides, especially in mountainous areas,” the center added.