WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Tropical Storm Dorian continues to show some strengthening with the forecast showing it could become a Category 1 hurricane on late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
As of 2 p.m. Monday, Dorian has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, and is moving west-northwest at 14 mph. That motion is expected to continue through Tuesday night, followed by a turn toward the northwest Wednesday.
On the forecast track, the center of Dorian is expected to be near the Windward Islands late Monday and tonight, and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday.
Dorian is expected to pass near or south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday and approach eastern Hispaniola Wednesday night.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph with higher gusts.
Some strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian could be near hurricane strength when it passes through the northern Windward Islands on Tuesday, and it is expected to be a hurricane when it moves near Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola.
Dorian is expected to reach the Bahamas as a tropical storm on Friday or Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, and South Florida could feel effects from Dorian over the weekend.
Dorian is a small tropical cyclone. Tropical storm force winds only extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.
A hurricane watch is in effect for:
- St. Lucia
A tropical storm warning is in effect for:
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
A tropical storm watch is in effect for:
- Grenada and its dependencies
- Saba and St. Eustatius