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Tropical storm strengthens. When will Dorian become a hurricane?

Tropical Storm Dorian, sitting southeast of land in the Caribbean, is expected to head west-northwest at about 14 mph Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

And, Wednesday, sustained winds could reach Category 1 hurricane speeds.

Dorian is getting a little better organized, according to Monday’s 5 a.m. advisory. Tropical Storm Dorian is currently about 225 miles east southeast of Barbados.

Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines are now under a tropical storm warning. The government of Trinidad and Tobago has issued a tropical storm watch for Grenada and its dependencies. Also under a tropical storm watch are Martinique and Dominica.

The NWS advisory said Dorian’s maximum sustained winds have increased to 60 mph.

“Additional strengthening is expected during the next few days, and Dorian could be near hurricane strength by Tuesday over the eastern Caribbean Sea,” the advisory said.

Sunday, the tropical weather outlook warned that North and South Carolina should keep a watch on the other system already north of the Florida-Georgia line.

“Environmental conditions appear conducive for gradual development, and a tropical or subtropical depression is likely to form within the next few days while the system moves slowly northeastward well offshore of the southeastern United States,” the outlook said.

The extended possible forecast track includes Puerto Rico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, possibly affected by Friday. The hurricane center expects tropical storm conditions to arrive int he Windward Islands later Monday.

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