Hurricane Jeanne followed an unusual and circuitous route before reaching the Florida east coast. The system developed in the northeast Caribbean and then traveled across the island of Puerto Rico. The system then moved across the island of Hispaniola. After moving offshore and away from Hispaniola, Jeanne turned north for a few days before making a 3 day long, clockwise loop. After completing the loop, the hurricane then traveled on a rather direct course for Florida.