Dorian degenerates into a tropical wave

By Caribbean News Now contributor

MIAMI, USA — Tropical Storm Dorian degenerated into a tropical wave on Saturday and satellite-derived wind data indicated that Dorian no longer had a closed surface circulation.

On Sunday, data from an Air Force reconnaissance mission in the remnants of Dorian, located a couple hundred miles north of the Leeward Islands, indicated that the disturbance did not have a well-defined center of circulation and consisted of a sharp surface trough.

The system is producing winds to gale force well north of the Leeward Islands; however, the associated shower and thunderstorm activity weakened during Sunday afternoon.

According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, environmental winds are expected to be only marginally conducive for regeneration during the next couple of days.

This system has a medium chance — 30 percent — of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it moves westward to west-northwestward at around 20 mph, passing north of the Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico through Monday and moving over the Turks and Caicos Islands and southern Bahamas on Tuesday.

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