Monday, July 17, 2017

National Hurricane Center: Tropical Storm Don Projected Path Update

MIAMI, Florida - NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida has issued a Public Advisory at 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, July 17, 2017, due to the presence of Tropical Storm Don which formed over the Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Storm Don Projected Path

Tropical Storm Don is located about 355 miles east-southeast of Barbados and is moving to the west at 18 miles per hour and this motion is expected to continue through Wednesday evening, with a gradual increase in forward speed. 

On the forecast track, the center of Don will move through the Windward Islands late Tuesday and then westward across the southeastern Caribbean Sea on Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Don Strength 

Data from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 45 mph (75 km/h), with higher gusts.  Some strengthening is possible through Tuesday while Don approaches the Windward Islands.  Weakening is expected on Wednesday when Don moves through the southeastern Caribbean Sea.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 25 miles (35 km) from the center of the storm.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the next 24 hours.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Barbados and St. Lucia.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case in the next 24 hours.

Interests in Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao should monitor the progress of Don.

Tropical Storm Don Spaghetti Models

Computer models for Tropical Storm Don's projected path are in agreement that the system will track towards the west through the southern Caribbean Sea before making landfall somewhere along Central America later in the week.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center forecasts that the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, will have above-normal activity.
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