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Aug. 25, 2019, 8:47 p.m. EDT

Tropical Storm Dorian picks up strength as it heads toward Caribbean

Storm could be upgraded to near hurricane strength by Tuesday

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By Associated Press

MIAMI — Forecasters say the fourth tropical storm of the Atlantic hurricane season has strengthened as it moves toward the Lesser Antilles.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday that Tropical Storm Dorian could intensify to near hurricane strength over the eastern Caribbean Sea by Tuesday.

As of 8 p.m. EDT Sunday, Dorian’s center was located about 335 miles east-southeast of Barbados and was moving west at 14 mph. Maximum sustained winds are at 50 mph.

Read: Trump has reportedly suggested nuking hurricanes headed toward the U.S.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A tropical storm watch was issued for Grenada and its dependencies, as well as for Martinique.

Forecasters say Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Virgin Islands should monitor Dorian’s progress.

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