DATE ISSUED: Wednesday, 28 August, 2019 TIME: 05:30AM (09:30UTC)
At 5:00 am today, the center of Tropical Storm Dorian was located near latitude 16.8 North, longitude 63.9 West, or about 102 miles south southwest of St. Maarten. Dorian is moving toward the northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h), and this motion is expected to continue through the next few days. On the forecast track, the center of Dorian will pass over or near the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico today.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected today and Dorian is forecast to be near hurricane strength when it approaches the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95km) from the center.
The estimated minimum central pressure is 1003 mb (29.62 inches).
The center of Tropical Storm Dorian is expected to be moving away from St. Maarten. However, showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds are possible from the outer bands of the system.
Meteorological Department St. Maarten will continue to monitor Tropical Storm Dorian and issue special weather bulletins.
A Special Bulletin is issued for weather events that are unusual, cause general inconvenience or public concern (requiring the attention and action of fire department and police authorities) and cannot adequately be described in a regular weather forecast.
Tropical Depression has sustained winds less than 38 mph (62 km/h).
Tropical Storm has sustained winds between 39-73 mph (63-118 km/h). Hurricane has sustained winds more than 74 mph (119 km/h).