Tropical Storm Dorian continues west, threatens the Caribbean islands

Tropical Storm Dorian continues west, threatens the Caribbean islands
The National Weather Service says Dorian will move into the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday, accompanied by slow strengthening that could bring it to hurricane strength. (Source: NHC/NOAA)

(Gray News) - As Tropical Storm Dorian moves over the islands of the Caribbean, it is predicted to become the second hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic season.

As of 11 p.m. ET Monday, the National Weather Service reported the storm was located about 95 miles east-southeast of St. Lucia. It is moving west-northwest at 13 mph, with maximum-sustained winds of 50 mph.

Through Tuesday morning, Dorian is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to the Windward Islands, including up to 10 inches of rain.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, Martinique, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominica, Grenada and its dependencies, Saba and St. Eustatius and Puerto Rico.

The NWS says Dorian will move into the Caribbean Sea on Tuesday, accompanied by slow strengthening that could bring it to hurricane strength. It is then expected to pass near Hispaniola and Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from 2017′s Hurricane Maria.

The Virgin Islands are also advised to monitor Dorian and keep abreast of any storm watches that may be required.

It’s possible that Dorian may impact Florida, but it is too early to say in what ways it may do so.

Barry became the first hurricane of the 2019 Atlantic season in July, making landfall in Louisiana as a Category 1 storm. It quickly weakened to a tropical storm but brought heavy rains and some flooding to the U.S. South.

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