Tropical Storm Don forms in the Atlantic

 wect.com  7/17/2017 10:00:35 PM   RNN Staff

(RNN) - Tropical Storm Don has formed east of the Windward Island, with watches and warnings issued for portions of that region, the National Hurricane Center reports.

At 11 p.m. ET Monday, the NHS reported the storm was located about 355 miles east-southeast of Barbados and about 485 miles east of Grenada, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and a present movement of 18 mph.

The government of Barbados has upgraded a Tropical Storm Watch for St. Vincent and the Grenadines to a Tropical Storm Warning. The government of St. Lucia has also issued a Tropical Storm Watch.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case, the next 24 to 36 hours. 

Conditions are expected in the warning area by late Monday and Tuesday night. Don is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches across the Windward Islands through Wednesday morning, the NHS reports.

On June 21, Tropical Storm Cindy was the last to make landfall in the US, with winds claiming the life of a 10-year-old boy in Fort Morgan, AL, when a large log slammed from the surf of the gulf onto his head.  

Waves generated by Cindy prompted a distress call from a sinking shrimp trawler about 80 miles off the coast of Galveston, and  a waterspout came ashore in Biloxi, MS. The area experienced flooding and about 300 road closures,WLOX reported. Tornado warnings were also issued for Hancock County, MS.

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