5:00 pm 25th August 2019
A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FOR SAINT LUCIA.
At 5:00 pm today the center of Tropical Storm Dorian was located near latitude 11.5 degrees north, longitude 54.2 degrees west or about 485 miles or 780 kilometers east-southeast of Saint Lucia.
Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 50 mph or 85 km/h, with higher gusts. Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Dorian could be near hurricane strength by Tuesday over the Eastern Caribbean Sea. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles or 55 kilometers from the center.
Tropical Storm Dorian is moving towards the west or 280 degrees at 14 mph or 22 km/h, and this motion should continue through tonight. A turn toward the west-northwest is expected on Monday, with this motion continuing through Tuesday night. On the forecast track, the center of Dorian is expected to pass near Saint Lucia late Monday or early Tuesday.
A Tropical Storm warning is in effect for Saint Lucia and Barbados and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. A Tropical storm watch is in effect for Martinique and Grenada and its dependencies.
Swells generated by Dorian will be affecting portions of the Lesser Antilles by late Monday. Small craft around Saint Lucia are asked to exercise caution when venturing far from port.
The Saint Lucia Meteorological Services will closely monitor the progress of this storm and another statement will be issued at 8:00 pm.
Webster Gajadhar / Lemuel O’Shaughnessy
Saint Lucia Meteorological Services