MIAMI ó Tropical Storm Rafael is bringing heavy rains to the lesser Antilles islands as it makes its way across the eastern Caribbean Sea, where tropical storm warnings have been issued.
The National Hurricane Center in Miami reports that the storm is 185 miles south-southeast of St Croix, with top sustained winds of 40 mph. It is moving north-northwest at 10 mph.
Tropical storm warnings have been issued for the U.S. and British Virgin Islands as well as for Anguilla, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, Antigua, St. Maartin, Martinique and St. Lucia.
Puerto Rico is under a tropical storm watch.
The stormís center was expected to move through the eastern Caribbean on Friday night and then move near or over the Virgin Islands on Saturday night. Meanwhile Patty, now a tropical depression, was 265 miles east-northeast of the central Bahamas and stationary.