Tropical Storm Dorian is struggling to maintain its status as a tropical cyclone.
Dorian is churning in the Atlantic Ocean here at about 50 mph, about 1,295 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands in the West Indies, according to the 11 a.m. EDT update on the tropical storm from the National Weather Service. The NWS added that Dorian is disorganized.
“Satellite images indicate that Dorian is not well organized and some weakening is forecast during the next day or so,” the NWS said in its 48-hour outlook on the tropical storm.
The storm is not close enough to land to warrant any watches or warnings for coastal areas, although the NWS noted that “interests in the northern Leeward Islands should monitor the progress of Dorian.”
According to the National Hurricane Center, Dorian’s projected path has it hitting Haiti and the Dominican Republic by Tuesday The storm is expected to maintain its current speed of 50 mph at that time. Dorian may also touch down in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
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There’s a strong possibility that Dorian will miss the U.S., although it’s too early at this point to definitively rule that out, according to weather.com.
The next update on Dorian is expected to be released at 5 p.m. EDT.