Tropical Storm Dorian Picking Up Strength As It Moves Through Atlantic

Tropical Storm Dorian is getting stronger as it moves across the Atlantic Ocean, though it appears it will not pose too big of a threat to the United States.

Weather forecasters have been tracking the tropical storm as it moves west-northwest in the Atlantic at close to 17 miles per hour. Though Tropical Storm Dorian has been steadily gaining strength as it travels, for now forecasters believe it is not a threat to make significant landfall.

Dorian remains far from land, centered close to 700 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands off the African Coast. The storm reached winds of close to 60 miles per hour early on Thursday.

The cooler water and dry wind shear in the Atlantic make it unlikely that Tropical Storm Dorian will intensify too much more, but it still has a chance to affect weather in the Caribbean and southern tip of the United States. It is expected to bring rain and winds as it passes.

Tropical Storm Dorian is not the only weather system forecasters have been tracking. In the Pacific Ocean, Tropical Storm Flossie has reached sustained winds of close to 40 miles per hour, and over the next day or so is expected to continue growing stronger.

But Pacific tropical storm systems rarely make landfall, and Tropical Storm Flossie is still centered more than 1,000 miles to the west-southwest of Baja California in Mexico.

The arrival of Tropical Storm Dorian marks what could be an early hurricane season. It is the fourth storm of the Atlantic season, which is already busier at that point in the year than normal. The fourth storm system typically doesn’t move through the Atlantic until late August.

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