Updated Sep 25, 2019

Tropical Storm Karen takes aim at Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

A woman walks next to the coast as tropical Storm Karen approaches in Naguabo, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday. Photo: Eric Rojas/AFP/Getty Images

Tropical Storm Karen triggered limited power outages, flooding and landslides to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as it barreled across the region early Wednesday, AP reports.

Why it matters: The islands are still recovering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria 2 years ago.

Details: Tropical storm warnings had been discontinued for Puerto Rico and all the Virgin Islands, but rains and flash-flooding was set to continue across the islands Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said at 5 a.m. ET.

  • Puerto Rico was jolted by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck near the island over Monday night, but there was no major damage reported.

The big picture: Karen is 1 of 3 tropical storm systems in the Atlantic Ocean. Per the NHC:

  • Post-Tropical Cyclone Jerry was expected to pass near Bermuda later Wednesday.
  • Lorenzo strengthened from a tropical storm into a hurricane — the 5th Atlantic hurricane of the season. It's forecast to become a major hurricane by Thursday, but it's not expected to threaten the Caribbean.

Go deeper: The Atlantic Basin's tropical storms and hurricanes in 2019

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details on the storms.

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What we know: Hurricane Lorenzo churning at Category 4 levels in Atlantic Ocean

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Hurricane Lorenzo is churning at Category 4 levels on Sunday after falling from Category 5 status Saturday night, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The big picture: The storm is the latest in an already destructive hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean. When Lorenzo reached Category 5 levels Saturday night, NHC said it had evolved into "one of the largest and most powerful hurricanes of record for the tropical central Atlantic." The storm this week is projected to pass over or near the Azores, a small group of islands and autonomous region of Portugal.

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Nestor lashes Georgia; tornadoes rake Florida

Nestor spawned a tornado that damaged this car in Cape Coral, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Cape Coral Fire Department/Facebook

After Nestor lashed Florida, spawning destructive tornadoes, the post-tropical storm downed trees and caused power outages in Georgia Saturday night with heavy rains and powerful winds, WSB-TV reports.

The latest: The National Hurricane Center said isolated flash flooding was possible across the southeastern U.S. into Sunday. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Godwinsville, Georgia, and flash-flood alerts for areas in the state including Eastman, Abbeville and Chester.

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FCC funds broadband expansion in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

People try to get a signal before a cellular communications tower on the expressway in Dorado, Puerto Rico, in 2017 in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Photo: Hector Retamal/AFP/Getty Images.

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a total of $950 million to bolster broadband networks in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, 2 years after the islands sustained severe damage from Hurricanes Maria and Irma.

Why it matters: Hurricanes can wreak havoc on communications networks, making rescue and recovery efforts even more difficult.

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