HOLT, Fla., July 17, 2017–Tropical Storm Don has formed in the Atlantic Ocean.
Don was declared a tropical storm at 4 p.m. CDT, according to the National Hurricane Center. It’s moving west at 17 mph.
An Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft flew into the system earlier today.
“Data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph, with higher gusts,” according to the NHC. “Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.”
Don is expected to move through the Windward Islands late Tuesday and Tuesday night, according to the NHC.
The system is expected to pick up momentum after it passes the Windward Islands Wednesday.
Hurricane models show Tropical Storm Don continuing on a westward track.
Following behind Don is a second tropical wave also being watched by the NHC.
The center says gradual development of this system is possible during the next few days. It’s moving west-northwest or northwest at 10-to-15 mph.
Formation of this system through the next five days is low at 30 percent.