Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Update: Dorian is now a hurricane

Updated at 2 pm 
 

Dorian has strengthened into a hurricane near the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This is according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

In an update at 2 pm, the NHC said the center of the hurricane was located near latitude 18.3 North, longitude 65.0 West.

It said Dorian is moving toward the northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue for the next day or two.

The NHC added on this track, Dorian could continue to move near or over the U.S. and British Virgin Islands this afternoon and then move over the Atlantic well east of the southeastern Bahamas.

Maximum sustained winds have increased near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. 

Dorian is forecast to continue strengthening during the next few days over the Atlantic waters.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Vieques and Culebra, U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands.

A Hurricane Watch is also in effect for Puerto Rico.

 

Original Story

Tropical Storm Dorian is scheduled to become a hurricane soon, according to the National Hurricane Centre (NHC).

The NHC in its latest update at 11 am said the storm is centred about 25 miles (40 km) southeast of St. Croix.

It said it is moving toward northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue for the next day or two.

The NHC said on this track, Dorian should move near the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and then continue over the open Atlantic well east of the southeastern Bahamas.

“Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 70 mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) primarily to the east of the center. Dorian is forecast to become a hurricane later today and continue strengthening during the next few days over the Atlantic waters,” it said.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Vieques and Culebra, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands while a Hurricane Watch and Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Puerto Rico.

A Tropical Storm Watch is also in effect for the Dominican Republic from Isla Saona to Samana.

“Hurricane conditions are expected over Vieques, Culebra, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands today. Tropical storm conditions are expected in Puerto Rico this afternoon and tonight. Tropical storm conditions are still possible in portions of the Dominican Republic tonight and Thursday but are becoming less likely to occur. Wind speeds atop and on the windward sides of hills and mountains are often up to 30 percent stronger than the near-surface winds indicated in this advisory, and in some elevated locations could be even greater,” the NHC said.

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