Tropical Storm Don Forms

Jul 19, 2017, 00:34
Tropical Storm Don Forms

The fourth tropical storm of the season, Don, is moving from the Atlantic Ocean into the Southern Caribbean on Tuesday.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 30 miles from the storm's center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles, the NHC said.

A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Grenada, with Watches in places for Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia.

While some strengthening is possible Monday night and Tuesday, it is expected to dissipate within the next 72 hours, forecasters say.

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Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say the storm will dissipate by the end of the week, and now poses no threat to the US mainland.

The one which now has the bigger chance of developing into Tropical Storm Dan is an area of low pressure located about 750 miles east of the Windward Islands. It was centered about 1,495 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii, with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and was moving to the northwest at 9 mph.

Weakening is expected on Wednesday while Don moves across the south-eastern Caribbean Sea.

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, or AIRS, instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite looked at Tropical Storm Don in infrared light.

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The Associated Press' Seth Borenstein asked former National Hurricane Center director Max Mayfield about the coincidental name, which had been chosen in 2006.

Tropical cyclone names are designated years in advance in a rotating list that this season just happens to contain Don.

It is located at 11.2 degrees north and 52.6 degrees west. But it is moving west at a speedy 17 miles per hour and will run into strong upper-level westerly winds with strong low-level easterly flow in the eastern Caribbean.

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