At 5:00 AM, the center of Tropical Storm Dorian was located near latitude 13.5 North, longitude 60.7 West (approximately 100 miles north-northeast of Grenada). Dorian is moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph and this motion is expected to continue through tonight, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Wednesday. On the forecast track, the center of Dorian is expected to move across the Windward Islands and into the eastern Caribbean Sea during the next several hours.
Maximum sustained winds remain near 50 mph with higher gusts. Slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Dorian is forecast to be near hurricane strength when it moves close to Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles from the center. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1005 mb.
HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
RAINFALL: Dorian is expected to produce the following rain accumulations through Thursday:
Grenadines to Grenada…25 to 75 millimeters.
This rainfall may cause life-threatening flash floods, especially where totals exceed 100 millimeters.
WIND: Tropical storm conditions are possible within the tropical storm watch area in the Lesser Antilles today.
SURF: Swells generated by Dorian are affecting portions of the Lesser Antilles and they should continue during the next several hours. They could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Seas are expected to be moderate to rough with waves 8 to 11 feet in open water.
Dorian may bring showers and thundershowers to the state of Grenada (mainly the northern parts) on Tuesday. Citizens and all concerned are advised to closely follow the directions and advice of the National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) at this time.