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MIAMI (AP/FOX 13) – Weather forecasters say the fourth tropical storm of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season will strengthen as it moves through the Lesser Antilles.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday that Tropical Storm Dorian could intensify to near hurricane strength over the eastern Caribbean Sea by Tuesday.
“It has a couple of things working in its favor,” FOX 13 Meteorologist Brittany Rainey said. “This will be over some warm water, the wind shear is dropping off, but it is going to have to continue to battle some mid-level dry air, so we’ll see if it can continue to hold together from that.”
As of 2 p.m. EDT Sunday, the storm’s center was located around 430 miles east-southeast of Barbados and was moving west at 14 mph. Maximum sustained winds remained near 40 mph.
A tropical storm warning was in effect for Barbados. Tropical storm watches were issued for St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Additional watches and warnings could be issued later Sunday.
The advisory says Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti should monitor the storm’s progress.
Tropical Storm Watches & Warnings now in place for parts of the Windward Islands. Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to slowly strengthen as it nears the islands late Monday into early Tuesday with potentially 65 mph winds. @FOX13News @myfoxhurricane pic.twitter.com/liAei3einS
— Fox 13’s Brittany Rainey (@itsbraineyFOX13) August 25, 2019