The fourth Tropical Storm of the 2019 Hurricane season has formed.
The National Hurricane Centre today upgraded Tropical Depression Five to Tropical Storm Dorian.
The storm is said to be centered as of 5 pm. AST/EDT over the tropical Atlantic Ocean about 725 miles (1165 km) east-southeast of Barbados.
The NHC said there are no coastal watches or warnings in effect but interests in the central and northern Lesser Antilles should monitor the progress of Dorian.
The storm is moving toward the west near 12 mph (19km/h) and this general motion is expected to continue tonight. A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast for Sunday and that motion is expected to continue through Tuesday.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Gradual strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian could be near hurricane strength when it approaches the central Lesser Antilles on Tuesday.
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