Tropical Storm Don Heading Towards Windward Islands

Hurricane Fernanda Update: July 16, 2017

The Miami-based National Hurricane Centre has advised that the Storm Don is expected to move through the Windward Islands Tuesday night. A watch is in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia and Bonaire.

A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours. These islands will potentially be hit with heavy rain and flash flooding during this tropical storm.

Once it enters the Caribbean, NHC forecasts predict that strong upper-level wind shear will weaken the storm from a tropical system and cause it to dissipate by the end of the week.

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, or AIRS, instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite looked at Tropical Storm Don in infrared light. In the past 12 hours, Don has tracked quickly west and is now located approximately 250 mi (405 km) east-southeast of Barbados and around 375 mi (600 km) east of Grenada.

On Monday, Tropical Storm Don took shape near the Caribbean in the Atlantic Ocean.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50 miles per hour (85 kph) with higher gusts.

In a brilliant show of passive aggressiveness, the National Hurricane Center names it Don.

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. The storm is expected to gain forward speed through Wednesday.

That wave, Invest 96L, was located several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands off Africa's west coast on Tuesday afternoon. It now has a 40% chance to become a tropical depression in the next five days.

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