Tropical Storm Don forms off the coast of South America

19 July, 2017, 01:04 | Author: Dustin Murphy
  • Tropical Storm Don forms off the coast of South America

Its moniker - Don - was quickly noticed for sharing a name with the USA president after officially becoming the fourth tropical storm to form in the Atlantic this season on Monday.

The storm, located 155 miles southeast of Barbados at 11 a.m., had slowed to sustained winds of 40 mph and was moving west at about 20 mph, forecasters said.

At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Don was located near latitude 11.5 North, longitude 58.0 West. Don is moving toward the west near 20 miles per hour (31 km/h).

The National Hurricane Center's forecast discussion on Tuesday morning said Don is "small" and is expected to "weaken to a tropical depression in about 24 hours and degenerate into a an open wave within 36 hours". Tropical storm watches are in effect for Barbados and Bonaire. Forecasters said Don is expected to weaken on Wednesday.

Marshall Shepherd, director of the University Georgia's Atmospheric Sciences Program and Forbes blogger, outlined some of the web babble and clarified that the National Hurricane Center did not name the weak storm "Don" to make fun of the president. It's moving west at 17 miles per hour.


Tropical Storm Don will likely remain a tropical storm, never reaching hurricane status, before fizzling out in the Western Caribbean when it runs into strong wind shear, a notorious hurricane killer.

Tropical Storm Greg is moving away from the Pacific coast of southern Mexico and also will pose no threat to land before dissipating.

The United States first began using female names for storms in 1953, and then added male names in 1979 when identifying the ones that formed in the Atlantic. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch area Tuesday and Tuesday night. Names only fall off the list if they become attached to particularly damaging storms, like Katrina.

Most intensity models keep Emily at tropical storm strength by Saturday.

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