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Tropical Storm Don Forms in the Atlantic; TS Watches, Warnings Posted for Windward Islands – The Weather Channel

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Tropical Storm Don Forms in the Atlantic

Meteorologist Danielle Banks tracks Tropical Storm Don in the Atlantic Ocean which could bring a threat of heavy rain and gusty winds to the Windward Islands. 

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Tropical Storm Don formed in the Atlantic Ocean Monday afternoon.

Tropical storm watches and warnings are in effect for parts of the Windward Islands.

This system is forecast to move west and affect the Windward Islands with heavy rain and gusty winds.

Tropical Storm Don formed in the Atlantic Ocean Monday afternoon and will bring a threat of heavy rain and gusty winds to the Windward Islands early this week before moving into the Caribbean Sea.

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Here’s the latest from the National Hurricane Center:

  • The center of Tropical Storm Don is currently located over 300 miles east-southeast of Barbados, moving west at 15 to 20 mph.
  • Tropical storm watches and warnings are in effect for portions of the Windward Islands.
  • Don is forecast to move through the Windward Islands late Tuesday.
  • Heavy rain and gusty winds will be the main impacts from Tropical Storm Don.
  • This system is no threat to the U.S. mainland.
Current Storm Status

Current Storm Status

The highest cloud tops, corresponding to the most vigorous convection, are shown in the brightest red colors. Clustering, deep convection around the center is a sign of a healthy tropical cyclone.

Since Don is in an environment with dry air nearby, little strengthening is expected through Tuesday as it approaches the Windward Islands.

In addition, wind shear will increase once Don reaches the Caribbean by Wednesday, and will likely lead to its demise after it passes through the Windward Islands.

Therefore, Tropical Storm Don will be short-lived and is no threat to the United States.

Projected Path

Projected Path

The red-shaded area denotes the potential path of the center of the tropical cyclone. Note that impacts (particularly heavy rain, high surf, coastal flooding) with any tropical cyclone may spread beyond its forecast path.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area by late Tuesday or Tuesday night.

Tropical storm watches have been posted for Barbados and St. Lucia. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Tropical Storm Watches/Warnings

Tropical Storm Watches/Warnings

A watch means tropical storm conditions are possible within 48 hours. A warning means those conditions are expected within 36 hours.

Tropical-storm-force winds currently extend outward up to 25 miles from the center of circulation.

Don is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2 to 4 inches across the Windward Islands through Wednesday morning.

Rainfall Forecast

Rainfall Forecast

This is a good time to make sure you have a plan in case a hurricane threatens. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes has an excellent site that can help you make a hurricane plan. 

Check back to weather.com for updates on Tropical Storm Don.

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