Tropical Storm Dorian weakens slightly, may still become a hurricane

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Tropical Storm Dorian weakened slightly late Monday night, however the system may still become a hurricane as it gets closer to the United States.

Live 5 Chief Meteorologist Bill Walsh said the system, currently about 100 miles east-southeast of St. Lucia, will be traveling over some hurdles in the next few days that may weaken it more.

“Currently it’s surrounded by dry air and that’s giving Dorian a hard time to strengthen,” Walsh said. “It’s not well organized right now.”

However, getting into Wednesday and Thursday, the system will be in a better environment to strengthen to possible hurricane strength as it gets closer to the United States.

Current model consensus shows the system approaching Florida, but Walsh stresses the track is still not a high confidence given how many days we are from the storm’s approach.

“Right now, it’s one to keep an eye on as it moves through some obstacles in the coming days.” Walsh said.

At 11 p.m., Tropical Storm Dorian was located 95 miles east-southeast of St. Lucia and moving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph.

Forecasters say this motion is expected to continue through Tuesday night, followed by a turn toward the northwest on Wednesday.

“On the forecast track, the center of Dorian is expected to move near or over the Windward Islands tonight and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea on Tuesday,” National Hurricane Center officials said."Dorian is forecast to pass near or south of Puerto Rico on Wednesday, move near or over eastern Hispaniola, and move north of Hispaniola on Thursday."

Tropical depression forms Monday afternoon

On Monday, a tropical depression formed off the southeast coast, but Walsh says it will not be a factor in our weather.

“That storm will move out to sea and up into Canada,” Walsh said.

Tropical Depression Six is about 295 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The system had 35 mph winds and is moving east at 2 mph.

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