Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2019. 10:04 am CST.
By BBN Staff: The National Hurricane Center (NHC) says that a Hurricane Watch is in effect for Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Samana.
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Martinique, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Samana.
A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Dominic, Saba and St. Eustatius, and for the Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Punta Palenque and from Samana to Puerto Plata. Interests in the Virgin Islands should monitor the progress of Dorian.
Tropical Storm Dorian is centered about 60 miles west-northwest of St. Lucia and about 415 miles (665 km) southeast of Ponce, Puerto Rico. It’s moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h).
The center of Dorian is forecasted to move across the eastern and northeastern Caribbean Sea during the next few days, passing near or south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, move near or over eastern Hispaniola Wednesday night, and move north of Hispaniola on Thursday.
On Thursday night and Friday, the center of Dorian is forecast to move near the Turks and Caicos and the southeastern Bahamas.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 miles per hour with higher gusts.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center.
Slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Dorian is forecast to be near hurricane strength when it moves close to Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola.
Tropical storm conditions are occurring in portions of the tropical storm warning area in the Lesser Antilles and these conditions are expected to subside later today.
Tropical storm conditions are expected and hurricane conditions are possible in Puerto Rico on Wednesday and in portions of the Dominican Republic late Wednesday and Thursday.
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