|A NOAA image of Tropical Storm Rafael north of Puerto Rico this morning.|
Tropical storm Rafael formed over the weekend and has been giving rain to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The storm has 70 mph winds this morning and is located about 290 miles north of San Juan. Forecasters have issued a tropical storm warning for Bermuda and are expecting Rafael to become a category 1 hurricane later today. Rafael is generating high surf and big waves in the Bahamas as he moves north northwest at 10mph. Looking ahead to the middle of the week, the likelihood is increasing that Rafael will have some sort of impact on Newfoundland. The storm could approach the Avalon as a post tropical storm with gusty winds and heavy rain by Wednesday. The Canadian Hurricane Centre is already tracking the storm and releasing statements on it. Warnings may be needed as the path of Rafael become more clear late today and Tuesday.