Aug 27, 2019

Tropical Storm Dorian Triggers Hurricane Watch

The storm’s winds have weakened from 60 mph to 50 mph overnight Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

The storm’s winds have weakened from 60 mph to 50 mph overnight Monday, Aug. 26, 2019

Tropical Storm Dorian has put Puerto Rico under Hurricane Watch. According to NPR, both Puerto Rico and some parts of the Dominican Republic are under watch and could see dangerous conditions develop within the next 48 hours due to the tropical storm watch. 

The storm’s winds have weakened from 60 mph to 50 mph overnight Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, according to the National Hurricane Center

"Hurricane watches and tropical storm watches and warnings have been issued for parts of the Leeward and Windward Islands, where Dorian is expected move through on Tuesday morning," CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.

The storm was expected to have winds topping 74 mph in parts of the Windward Islands and Leeward Islands Monday, the NHC said. The storm is also expected to cause up to 10 in. of rain over the Windward Islands and up to 8 in. in Barbados and Dominica, through Tuesday, Aug. 27. 

"Slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours," the NHC said, "and Dorian is forecast to be near hurricane strength when it moves close to Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola."

According to CNN, Dorian is being considered a “compact” storm, with tropical-storm-force winds, ranging from 39 mph to 73 mph, extending 45 miles from the center. Luckily, the storm passed Barbados Monday night without any severe damage or injury. According to NPR, an all-clear was announced on the island at 5 a.m. local time. 

"We need to give thanks," Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said at a news conference, according to NPR. He added "because from all reports, there is virtually no damage."

CNN Meteorologist Karen Maginnis said the storm will intensify once it moves past the Lesser Antilles and into the Caribbean Sea Tuesday. The NHC reports that once the storm is over, parts of Barbados and the Windward Islands could be covered with 6 in. of rain.

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