Barbados storm watch upgraded to warning; TS Dorian likely to strengthen

Barbados storm watch upgraded to warning; TS Dorian likely to strengthen

Dorian is the fourth tropical storm in the Atlantic this year and is poised to become the first hurricane this season.

The National Hurricane Center said Dorian was packing winds of 40 miles per hour with an expected strengthening as it nears the Caribbean. Maximum sustained winds remained near 40 miles per hour (64 kph). Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward for up to 25 miles (35 kilometers) from the center. Tropical storm watches were issued for St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for Barbados. Authorities and interested parties in those regions should monitor the progress of the storm.

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On that track, the cyclone is expected to be near the central Lesser Antilles on Tuesday.

In comparison to the Saffir-Simpson scale, which has been used by meteorologists for decades and classifies storms by wind speed only, the AccuWeather RealImpact Scale for Hurricanes is based on a broad range of important factors.

Dorian has been designated a 1 on the AccuWeather RealImpact Scale for Hurricanes.

Strong winds and life-threatening surf conditions are also expected to hit Barbados as a by-product of tropical storm Dorian's path.


"Swells generated by Dorian will be affecting portions of the Lesser Antilles by late Monday", the center added.

Two thirds of all storms normally occur in this period because water in the tropics has warmed by mid-August and wind shear across the Atlantic has started to weaken - leading to storms developing.

Strong wind shear can lead to the demise of tropical storms or low-end hurricanes.

It is expected to move further to the west-northwest Sunday as it intensifies.


In addition to the Florida coast, South and North Carolina's coasts could be impacted by this current tropical disturbance.

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