Published On: Tue, Aug 27th, 2019

Hurricane tracker map: Two storms churn in Atlantic – path to hit Florida and East Coast | World | News

The National Hurricane Centre issued a tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch for Puerto Rico this morning as Tropical Storm Dorian continues to move across the Caribbean. At 5am this morning, the National Hurricane Center said Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to bring tropical storm conditions to portions of the Lesser Antilles island region today. The system hit Barbados last night, and is expected to pass near or just south of Puerto Rico later on Wednesday.

When a hurricane watch is issued, it means hurricane conditions could be possible within 48 hours.

Governor of Puerto Rico, Wanda Vázquez Garced, declared a state of emergency on the island on Monday.

Hurricane and tropical storm watches have also been issued for portions of the Dominican Republic, Martinique, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

While uncertainty is currently high, the National Hurricane Centre forecast potential rain and wind impacts for the Bahamas and Florida later this week and over the weekend.

The NHC warns residents in these areas to monitor the progress of Dorian and ensure they have their hurricane plan in place.

Tropical Storm Dorian is the fourth tropical storm to be named in the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.

Tropical Depression Six is also currently churning in the Atlantic near the Grand Strand – a large stretch of beaches on the East Coast of the USA.

Tropical Depression Six has not hit high enough wind speeds to be classed as a tropical storm.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) ranks a tropical depression as a system with wind speeds less than 39mph.

A tropical storm has a wind speed between 39 and 73mph.

For a system to be classed as a hurricane, it must have wind speeds between 74mph and 110mph.

Read More: Will Hurricane Dorian strike the US? Florida on alert

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