Tropical Storm Don (AL05)

On this track, the tropical storm is expected to move through the Windward Islands late Tuesday and Tuesday night.

But it will likely be weakening as it does so.

The government of St. Lucia has discontinued the Tropical Storm Watch for St. Lucia.

"While some strengthening can still occur with Don in the short term, the system is not expected to become a hurricane", according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.

On July 18, a tropical storm warning was in effect for Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Reports from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 miles per hour (65 km/h) with higher gusts.

By 36 hours, increasingly westerly shear is expected to weaken Don as it moves across the southeastern Caribbean Sea.

Don could fall apart even sooner, however.

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In a brilliant show of passive aggressiveness, the National Hurricane Center names it Don.

"Advisories are being maintained for now pending another reconnaissance aircraft mission later today", forecasters wrote.

The fourth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season has formed.

June 20, 2017 - Weakens into a tropical wave.

It is located at 11.2 degrees north and 52.6 degrees west. It was moving west-northwest at 9 miles per hour.

The storm is predicted to strengthen over the next day.

The Pacific has a different list of names, which, in another coincidence, includes the name Hilary this season.

Invest 96L has a 30% chance of becoming a tropical cyclone by Thursday and a 40% chance of formation by Sunday.

  • Marjorie Miles