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Tropical Storm Dorian is pelting the Lesser Antilles with heavy rain and gusty winds this morning (Aug. 27), and the storm could go on to impact Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas and possibly Florida over the next several days, according to The Weather Channel. 

Dorian’s center passed near the south coast of Barbados late Monday night, producing a wind gust to 55 mph at Grantley Adams International Airport.

The worst rain and wind impacts from Dorian are now being felt in portions of the Lesser Antilles.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Martinique, Puerto Rico and the easternmost Dominican Republic. That means tropical storm conditions (39-73 mph winds) are expected there within the next 36 hours.

Hurricane watches have now been issued for Puerto Rico and eastern portions of the Dominican Republic. Hurricane conditions (74 mph or greater winds) are possible there within the next 48 hours.

Tropical storm watches are in effect for Dominica, Saba and St. Eustatius and portions of the Dominican Republic. Tropical storm conditions are possible in those areas within the next 48 hours.

Dorian’s future intensity is uncertain after it passes near Puerto Rico and the eastern Dominican Republic.

The effects of possible land interaction, dry air and wind shear in the Caribbean Sea will dictate its strength once it moves toward The Bahamas.

As of the now, the National Hurricane Center forecasts Dorian to be an intensifying tropical storm as it moves through the Bahamas late this week, but that forecast is subject to change.

Dorian is most likely to approach Florida this weekend, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center. Wind and rain impacts are possible in Florida by this weekend, however specific details are uncertain. Residents there should continue to monitor Dorian and have a hurricane plan in place just in case.

But parts of the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast coasts should also monitor its progress. Among Dorian’s myriad track possibilities include a track a bit farther north along the Southeast coast or an emergence into the Gulf of Mexico after moving through parts of Florida.

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