HOLT, Fla., Aug. 24, 2019—The National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Depression 5 to Tropical Storm Dorian this afternoon.
A small tropical storm, the system improved noticeably since the previous NHC advisory which forecast the system to become a tropical storm sometime tonight or tomorrow.
Located about 700 miles east-southeast of Barbados, the storm is moving toward the west at nearly 12 mph.
Dorian is expected to turn west-northwest Sunday and continue on that track through Tuesday, according to the NHC, where it will be approaching the central Lesser Antilles.
The hurricane center’s models indicate Dorian will generally move west-northwest for the next five days as it moves through the central or northern Lesser Antilles Tuesday, possibly as a hurricane.
It’s forecast to enter the Caribbean Sea Wednesday and Thursday.
Strong wind shear has hindered development of this system for the past several days, but shear is forecast to diminish significantly during the next 12 hours.
Low shear conditions along with warm waters should allow a slow but steady strengthening, according to the NHC.
This is the fourth named storm of the 2019 hurricane season.