August 27, 2019

Hurricane Watch: Tropical Storm Dorian (Tuesday, August 27, 2019)

Caribbean Sea: Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic under hurricane warning, watch as Tropical Storm Dorian forecast strengthens

Wednesday, 8/28/19 11:55am EDT: The storm is expected to be near a Category 1 hurricane as it approaches Puerto Rico today. Puerto Rico is under a Tropical Storm Warning and Hurricane Watch. The islands of Vieques and Culebra are under a Hurricane Warning. The storm is expected to strengthen into a Category 2 hurricane before making landfall in Florida over Labor Day weekend.

Puerto Rico and parts of the Dominican Republic are now under a hurricane watch because of Tropical Storm Dorian, meaning those places could see dangerous conditions within 48 hours. Dorian’s maximum sustained winds weakened to 50 mph from 60 mph overnight, according to the National Hurricane Center. As of 8 a.m. ET, the compact storm was about 15 miles west-northwest of St. Lucia, after crossing into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday morning. “Slow strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours,” the NHC says, “and Dorian is forecast to be near hurricane strength when it moves close to Puerto Rico and eastern Hispaniola.”

More Resources

News Coverage

  • Tropical storm Dorian gets stronger (El Nuevo Dia)
    Tropical Storm Dorian Puts Puerto Rico On Hurricane Watch; Florida Also In Path (NPR)
  • What’s a hurricane watch? A tropical storm warning? Here’s what to know to prepare (Miami Herald)
  • Wanda Vázquez activates the National Guard in the wake of the Dorian storm (El Nuevo Dia)