TropicsWACH: Tropical Storm Dorian looking less organized
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Tropical Storm Dorian is still looking a little disorganized.
As of Friday morning, forecasters at The National Hurricane Center say the storm has maximum sustained winds at 50 mph with higher gusts.
The minimum central pressure is currently at 1006 mb (millibars) and Dorian continues to move to the west-northwest at 21 mph.
This movement is expected to continue over the next three days.
Dorian is feeling the affects of drier air and wind shear over the open waters of the Atlantic.
A ridge of high pressure over the central Atlantic Ocean is responsible for Dorian's present movement to the west-northwest.
At first it appeared the storm would recurve back out into the Atlantic like a good many storms do this time of year. However, computer models have started shifting the center of the storm back to the south. Thus, the latest forecast track has followed that thinking.
Tropical Storm Dorian could affecting Hispanola and the eastern Bahamas by Tuesday.
The storm is expected to remain below hurricane force (74 mph or greater) over the next five days with some slight strengthening.
No tropical storm watches or warnings are in effect at this time.
We will keep tracking the tropics for you here in the SkyWACH Weather Center.