Tropical Storm Noel (50 mph) has been christened (as of 2 p.m.), and is dumping heavy rain on Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. Flood warnings and watches remain posted for Puerto Rico.

The storm, located just south of Hispaniola, is moving toward the NNW at about 5 mph and is expected to continue on a general northwesterly track for the next 24 hours.

Heavy rain will persist in Puerto Rico through tonight with additional accumulations of 3 to 5 inches possible. But even more intense downpours loom for Hispaniola, Jamaica and southeast Cuba where up to 20 inches could fall in a few spots. Most totals will be in the 8- to 12-inch range. Mudslides and flash flooding will become distinct possibilities.