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Tropical Storm Thinks It’s A ‘Don’ … But Forecasters Say It Is Expected To Fizzle As It Hits The Region

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MIAMI — Tropical Storm Don has formed in the Caribbean Sea, the National Hurricane Center reported Monday evening.

Tropical storm watches and warnings have been posted for several Caribbean islands, including Barbados, Grenada and St. Lucia. Heavy rains and flash flooding are possible on some of the islands.

As of 8 a.m. ET today, Don had sustained winds of 50 mph. It was located about 210 miles southeast of Barbados and was moving to the west at 18 mph.

However, Don is expected to fizzle in about three days when it encounters strong upper level winds in the eastern Caribbean, forecasters said. Tropical storm force winds extend just 25 miles from Don’s center.

As it nears the Lesser Antilles today, the system is likely to dump heavy rain, forecasters said.

“Strong wind shear over the Caribbean will limit any further development,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Steve Travis said.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the warning area by late this afternoon.

Tropical storm watches have been posted for Barbados, St. Lucia and Bonaire. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the Windwards watch area tonight, and in Bonaire Wednesday afternoon.

Don is the fourth named storm to form in the Atlantic Basin so far in 2017.

A second system is also brewing in the Central Atlantic but has slighter odds of forming.

Forecasters say there’s about a 30 percent chance that storm, located about 850 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands off Africa’s west coast, will become a tropical cyclone as it moves slowly across ocean waters over the next five days.

PROJECTED PATH: The red-shaded area denotes the potential path of the center of the tropical cyclone. Note that impacts (particularly heavy rain, high surf, coastal flooding) with any tropical cyclone may spread beyond its forecast path.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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