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Dorian Expected To Bring Tropical Storm Conditions To The Windward Islands Later Today (8am Update)




A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Barbados
* St. Lucia
* St. Vincent and the Grenadines

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* Dominica
* Martinique
* Grenada and its dependencies
* Saba and St. Eustatius

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.


DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
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At 800 AM AST (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Dorian was located near latitude 12.0 North, longitude 57.0 West.  Dorian is 
moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A turn toward the
west-northwest is expected later today, with this motion continuing through Tuesday night.  On the forecast track, the center of Dorian
is expected to be near the Windward Islands late today and tonight and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.
Some strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian
could be near hurricane strength on Tuesday and Wednesday while it
moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea.

Dorian is a small tropical cyclone.  Tropical-storm-force winds
only extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 1002 mb (29.59 inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
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RAINFALL:  Dorian is expected to produce total rain accumulations of
2 to 4 inches in Barbados, the Windward Islands, and Dominica
through Tuesday.  Isolated maximum amounts of 6 inches are possible
in Barbados and the Windward Islands.

WIND:  Tropical storm conditions are likely in the warning area by
late today.  Tropical storm conditions are possible within the
watch area by tonight or Tuesday.

SURF:  Swells generated by Dorian will be affecting portions of the
Lesser Antilles by late today. These swells could cause life-
threatening surf and rip current conditions.  Please consult
products from your local weather office.

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