Tropical Storm Dorian moving toward the Caribbean Sea

Not expected to threaten Louisiana

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
August 26, 2019 - 7:30 am

The National Hurricane Center is watching Tropical Storm Dorian moving through the Atlantic.

"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," according to an NHC advisory.

The 4th named storm of the season could become a hurricane.

"Some strengthening is forecast during the next few days, and Dorian could be near hurricane strength on Tuesday and Wednesday while it moves over the eastern Caribbean Sea."

Hurricane Center forecasters, however, expect the system to lose strength before getting near the US.

"As Dorian moves NW it will track over Hispaniola and this will weaken it to a tropical storm," WWL TV Meteorologist Dave Nussbaum said. "The National Hurricane Center forecast weakens Dorian to a tropical depression by Friday near the Bahamas. This is in line with models that have shown a dissipating system at the end of the week due to wind shear and dry air."

He does not expect Dorian to be a concern for Louisiana or the Gulf Coast.

"We will keep watching it, but right now models do not show it threatening our area," Nussbaum said.

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center is watching another area of the East Coast that could develop.  It is also not a threat to Louisiana or the Gulf of Mexico.

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