This is a timely update to “Watching Tropical Depression Five’s path,” published August 24 at 3:39pm
ORLANDO, Fla. — Tropical Depression Five has gained enough strength to become Tropical Storm Dorian, the National Hurricane Center announced Saturday evening.
Dorian is the fourth tropical storm of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.
NHC Forecasters say it could turn into a hurricane by Thursday, August 29.
Forecast cone as of 8/24/2019, courtesy of the National Hurricane Center (above)
Current models show a possibility that Dorian could strengthen even further after entering the Caribbean, impacting Puerto Rico and surrounding islands as a hurricane.
In the same amount of time, while Dorian is still expected to gain strength as it passes over those warmer waters, there’s also a chance that it won’t amount to much more than heavy rain and winds.
The NHC has issued two advisory points at the time of this report:
1. Dorian is forecast to strengthen and could be near hurricane strength when it approaches the Lesser Antilles on Tuesday (August 27).
2. It is too soon to determine the specific timing or magnitude of impacts in the Lesser Antilles, but tropical storm or hurricane watches may be needed for a portion of the area on Sunday (August 25).
We’re still days away from learning what will be the case, so we’ll keep an eye on the tropics.
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