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Tropical Storm Don speeding toward Windward Islands; landfall expected tonight

19 July 2017, 12:35 | Violet Powell

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Rains from storm Don beginning to spread over Windward Islands: NHC

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour and was moving west at 18 miles per hour on Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

Tropical storm watches and warnings have been issued for the southern islands in the path of the storm.

The National Hurricane Center is responsible for observing and forecasting tropical systems.

At 5 pm Eastern Time on Monday, the storm was located about 595 miles east of Trinidad or 485 miles east-southeast of Barbados, with maximum sustained winds of 40 miles an hour. Weakening is expected on Wednesday while Don moves across the southeastern Caribbean Sea. 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.

Behind Don, a tropical disturbance (deemed Invest 96L) continues to show potential for tropical cyclone development.

Don follows Tropical Storm Bret from late June.

This is the fourth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season and the second one to affect the Windward Islands and South America.

The experts at the National Hurricane Center did not, of course, intentionally name the storm after the president.

Forecasters are also keeping an eye out for a tropical wave over the central tropical Atlantic that is several hundred miles west-southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands. It is moving farther north than Don, and most computer model projections take it north of the Caribbean islands.

By Wednesday afternoon, the storm's center is expected to be in line with Caracas, Venezuela.

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