The fourth named tropical storm of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season has formed today in the eastern Atlantic ocean, not far to the south and west of Cape Verde. It’s the first named storm of 2013 to have originated off the east coast of Africa, a traditional hurricane breeding ground.
Tropical storm Dorian is currently strengthening and has maximum sustained winds of 50mph, with some higher gusts. Additional strengthening is possible over the course of today, according to the NOAA, but it expects gradual weakening as Dorian moves west over cooler mid-Atlantic waters. There is a small chance that Dorian could make hurricane status before its forecasted weakening begins.
Currently the outlook for Dorian suggests that the storm may not pose a threat to the U.S., Caribbean or Bermuda and most forecasters expect the storm to weaken and dissipate before it gets across the Atlantic as it interacts with cooler, dryer air. However, as with any tropical storm, even after weakening, there is always a chance of regeneration when it reaches warmer waters, so it’s worth keeping an eye on our Atlantic hurricane season page to track Dorian’s progress as the storm moves west.
If Dorian does make it across the Atlantic as a named storm currently the region most at risk looks to be the Caribbean. However, it is relatively common for storms with Dorian’s forecast path to curve north of the Caribbean, skirt it and aim for the U.S. southeast. Something to keep an eye on.
You can see the current position and forecast track for tropical storm Dorian below and we will update you should the storm become a threat to land.