BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Saturday August 24, 2019 – What was a tropical depression just this morning is now a tropical storm that forecasters say could be near hurricane strength when it approaches the central Lesser Antilles in a few days.
The system was upgraded to Tropical Storm Dorian at 5 p.m., as its maximum sustained winds reached near 40 miles per hour. At that time, the storm was located about 725 miles east-southeast of Barbados and moving towards the west at 12 miles per hour. That general motion is expected to continue tonight.
“A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast on Sunday, and that motion is expected to continue through Tuesday. On the forecast track, the tropical cyclone is expected to be near the central Lesser Antilles on Tuesday,” the National Hurricane Centre (NHC) in Miami said in its latest advisory at 5 p.m.
“Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian could be near hurricane strength when it approaches the central Lesser Antilles on Tuesday.”
While no coastal watches or warnings are yet in effect, forecasters say that interests in the central and northern Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Dorian.
In a weather bulletin issued this evening, the Barbados Meteorological Services said that on its present track, the centre of Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to pass about 50 miles to the north Barbados early Tuesday morning.
Dorian is the fourth named storm in the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season that runs from June 1 to November 30.