Tropical Storm Dorian Forms in the Atlantic

Storm heading west-northwest at 20 mph, 615 miles west of Cape Verde Islands

Pushed by trade winds, Tropical Storm Dorian continued moving west-northwest over the open tropical Atlantic Ocean Wednesday night with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

As of 11 p.m., the storm was heading west-northwest at 20 mph about 615 miles west of the Cape Verde Islands.

Dorian, which is the fourth named storm of the season, formed Wednesday morning.

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Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Dorian was expected to keep heading in the same direction at a similar speed through Friday.

The National Hurricane Center predicts Dorian will remain a weak tropical storm through Sunday or Monday, passing just north of the British Virgin Islands. The storm could pass through the Lesser Antilles and Puerto Rico, which are in its long-range forecast cone.

Tropical Storm Dorian is not yet expected to become a hurricane.

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