Tracking the Tropics: Dorian forecast to become a hurricane soon

Tracking the Tropics

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Tropical Storm Dorian is approaching St. Croix and the Virgin Islands and is forecast to become a hurricane soon, according to the 11 a.m. advisory from the National Hurricane Center.

The storm is headed toward Puerto Rico, which could see four to six inches of rain. Some areas may see up to eight inches.

“There is an increasing likelihood of Dorian impacting the southeast coast as a strong hurricane, however, this track is far from locked in,” said Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Ian Oliver. “There is still a very large spread among forecast models ranging from South Florida to almost the Carolinas. Just be prepared and vigilant at this point.”

“Based on the current track of #TropicalStormDorian, all residents on the East Coast should prepare for impacts, including strong winds, heavy rain and flooding,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wrote on Twitter.

As of 11 a.m., the storm is located about 60 miles southeast of St. Croix. It’s moving northwest at 13 miles per hour, packing maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour.

A Hurricane Warning is currently in effect for:

  • Vieques and Culebra
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • British Virgin Islands

A Hurricane Watch is currently in effect for:

  • Puerto Rico

A Tropical Storm Warning is currently in effect for:

  • Puerto Rico

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for:

  • Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Samana

Tropical Storm Erin formed Tuesday night well off the East Coast, but poses no threat to the United States.

Erin began moving north and northeast on Wednesday, and is now drifting north-northwestward at a faster pace over the western Atlantic, according to the NHC.

The storm is located about 470 miles west-northwest of Bermuda and 190 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour. It’s moving north-northwest at 13 miles per hour.

There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.

WFLA Meteorologist Ian Oliver in Tampa, Florida and WKRG Meteorologist Thomas Geboy in Mobile, Alabama will have the latest on Tropical Storm Dorian during Wednesday’s “Tracking the Tropics” digital show at 1:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. CDT.

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