Tropical Storm Don is moving rapidly westward and should reach the Windward Islands by tonight after forming in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday.
Tropical Storm Don has sustained winds of 50 mph and is moving west going nearly 18 mph, according to the 8 a.m. Tuesday advisory of the National Hurricane Center.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Barbados, St. Lucia and Bonaire, the NHC reports. Don is currently centered about 210 miles southeast of Barbados.
Don is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 3 to 6 inches across Barbados & the southern Windward Islands through Wednesday morning which could produce life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, according to the NHC.
Forecasters say after the center of Don moves across the Windward Islands tonight, it will move westward across the southeastern Caribbean Sea on Wednesday.
It was not mentioned in the Tuesday 8 a.m. advisory that the storm will threaten the continental U.S. in the future. The storm is expected to dissipate within 72 hours, according to forecasters.
The NHC says some gradual development is possible through the midweek while it moves toward the west-northwest or northwest at 10 to 15 mph.
To see the latest advisory, click here.
Michaela Broyles, 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles