Tropical Storm Don 2017 tracks closer to Caribbean -- then where?

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say the storm will dissipate by the end of the week and now poses no threat to the USA mainland. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the island of Grenada and Tropical Storm Watches are up for the Grenadines, St. Vincent, Barbados and St. Lucia. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles from the center.

The storm is expected to move across the the Windward Islands Tuesday night and continue westward across the Southeastern Caribbean Sea. Forecasters do not expect the storm to strengthen much over the next few days. Don will weaken as it nears Curacao Wednesday afternoon, and is projected to dissipate shortly after passing by the northern tip of Columbia.

The system, named Invest 96L, is now moving westward over the central tropical Atlantic.

On Monday, Tropical Storm Don took shape near the Caribbean in the Atlantic Ocean.

Tropical Storm Don may form this week
The good news is, forecasters believe adverse conditions will keep the system from strengthening and could even pull it apart. The fourth tropical system of the season in the Atlantic formed late Wednesday night, far out over the open Atlantic.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami is also tracking two other storm systems farther out in the Eastern Pacific.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Grenada.

The centre of the storm was located near Latitude 11.5 North, Longitude 58.0 West or about 155 miles (250 km) south-east of Barbados.

Westerly winds are likely to prevent Don from reaching the United States. In fact, they put "Don" on the potential list of storm names back in 2006-a full decade before the tycoon became the Republican Party's nominee and won the November 2016 election. The system could pick up intensity, although at this point forecasters are putting the odds of a cyclone forming at just 40 percent over the next five days.

  • Ismael Montgomery