DATE ISSUED: Monday, 26 August, 2019 TIME: 5:30AM (09:30UTC)
At 5:00 am today, the center of Tropical Storm Dorian was located near latitude 11.9 North, longitude 56.4 West, or about 620 miles southeast of St. Maarten. Dorian is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A turn toward the west-northwest is expected later today, with this motion continuing through Tuesday night. On the forecast track, the center of Dorian is expected to be near the Windward Islands late today and tonight and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday. However, the center of Tropical Storm Dorian is projected to pass about 200 miles south of St. Maarten early Wednesday, and thus currently poses no immediate threat.
Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next few days. Dorian could be near hurricane strength by Tuesday over the eastern Caribbean Sea. The estimated minimum central pressure is 1002 mb (29.59 inches).
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).