Tropical Storm Dorian may reach hurricane strength over the Caribbean Sea by Wednesday. After that, the strength and intensity are still uncertain.
Dorian will have to battle wind shear and dry air as the storm continues to move west. Additionally, if Dorian’s center moves over the mountainous terrain of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, the high elevation will work to rip the storm apart and displace the showers and thunderstorms that make it up. If it stays just a little farther east, there’s a better chance of Dorian maintaining current intensity, if not strengthening.
WINK News Weather Authority continues monitoring the storm as it goes to the Caribbean and will have a better idea if Southwest Florida will be affected by midweek.
As of 6 a.m. Monday, Tropical Storm Dorian has maximum sustained winds of 60 miles per hour and is roughly 200 miles east-southeast of Barbados. The current location is at 12.0 N 57.0 W as of 8 a.m. and the storm is moving west at 14 mph with minimum pressure of 1002 mb.