Meteorologist Greg Thompson said yesterday that the projected path for Tropical Storm Dorian had shifted towards the east, adding that the storm may not significantly affect The Bahamas.
As of 5 p.m. yesterday, the storm was roughly 330 miles southeast of Puerto Rico with maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour, Thompson said.
“A tropical storm alert is in effect for the southeast islands which includes Mayaguana, Inagua, Crooked Island, Acklins, Savannah Cay and the Turks and Caicos islands,” he said.
He added, “Dorian is moving across the eastern and northeastern Caribbean Sea at this time, and is expected to pass south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, move near or over eastern Hispaniola Wednesday night.
“Thursday and Friday it is expected to move off the north coast of Hispaniola as it approaches the Turks and Caicos islands and the southeast Bahamas.”
Thompson added, “Some weakening is expected after Dorian moves across the Puerto Rico and Hispaniola area by tomorrow night, and it’s expected to gradually re-strengthen on Thursday once it moves into the waters near the southeast Bahamas and Turks and Caicos.
“So once again, we are imploring residents to continue to monitor the progress of the storm. From all indications, the storm seems to be tacking more towards the east of its previous tracks, which actually will take it a little further east of The Bahamas.
“It was actually expected to just skirt the islands on its previous tracks, but the new track has it moving slightly east of the islands now, so the core of the system itself will not be moving very near the islands. And of course this is a very tight, small storm, so the tropical storm winds extend not very far from the center, so not many islands will be experiencing those winds.”
Dorian is the fourth named storm of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) announced yesterday that all leave was canceled, except for those on secondment, sick leave, approved study leave or pre-retirement leave.